Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang is a stunning new variety of an old garden favourite which will delight for 3 seasons of the year with its brilliant foliage and showy flowers! A deciduous low growing compact shrub with a rounded habit and lasting colour from spring right through to autumn.
Japanese Spirea has long been a popular choice for hedging and as a specimen shrub. The brilliant new variety Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang was bred in Michigan and introduced in 2010. In spring, the new foliage is a dark burnt orange, changing to a golden yellow in summer, and then becoming orange again in autumn. In summer it produces large panicles of pink blooms which glow against the golden leaves, and will attract butterflies and bees to your garden. The blooms can also be used as cut flowers.
Hardy throughout the UK, Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang will grow into a neat, rounded mound to a mature height and spread of just 90 cm in 5 to 10 years. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage repeat flowering. It will respond well to a hard pruning in late winter or after flowering. Space plants 1 metre apart for mass plantings.
Plant Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang in full sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil, in an exposed or sheltered position. Once established, it will tolerate periods of drought. Tolerant of salt, Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang will do well in coastal regions, and as it also highly tolerant of pollution, it’s a perfect choice for city gardens. As well, it is deer-resistant, so can be used without worry on country properties. Generally pest and disease-free, this is a genuinely low-maintenance landscape shrub!
Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang is small enough to be used as a container plant for a roof terrace, balcony, courtyard or patio, where its brilliant foliage and huge flower heads will make it a stand-out specimen for 3 seasons of the year! It is a clear winner as a foundation planting, or as part of a mixed border. It is an excellent choice for wildlife gardens, where its nectar-rich blooms will attract pollinators. A clump of Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang on a difficult slope will provide erosion control, and a row of these colourful shrubs will make a striking boundary hedge without interfering with views.
Whether used as a mass planting or a single specimen shrub, Spiraea Japonica Double Play Big Bang lives up to its name: it will put on a colourful display of foliage and flower all season long!