Gardening with Goldmounds: 3 Simple Tricks to Sprucing Up

Spiraea Japonica GoldflameThe goldmound spirea is a small shrub with gold leaves that would add a splash of color and elegance to any garden. Its small size (about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide) makes it a nice addition to a wide variety of landscapes. Its leaves change color with the seasons, starting with gold in the spring to a greenish-yellow during the summer and rounding out autumn with bright orange. This lovely shrub also gives way to small clusters or pink flowers that attract butterflies late in the spring.

1. Allow the brightest leaf colors to shine

For goldmounds to reach their most colorful potential, they should be:

– planted in full sun,
– given a moderate amount of water, and
– pruned from late winter to early spring.

Though this shrub is big enough to be the main border for your landscaping vision, they don’t block the rest of your garden. They are perfect to border walkways or patios as well.

2. Plant annuals or perennials close by

This will create a beautiful contrast to the goldmound’s bright yellow leaves. It also looks wonderfully serene with the simple backdrop of a well-maintained lawn. Goldmound spirea can encircle larger shrubs or trees, and the yellow leaves make a particularly nice accent to larger evergreens.

3. Line them up along your property border

Or at least plant them in the front yard, where they can create a bit more privacy that will still allow passersby to enjoy and admire the work you put into your garden.

Whichever way you choose to utilize this gorgeous yellow shrub, you can rest assured that the bright gold colors will make a great addition to your landscape. They are fairly simple to maintain and prune throughout the year. The added excitement of being able to watch the butterflies flutter all over it is something to look forward to every year.