Hardy, deciduous, spring-summer flowering shrub
Description: Flat clusters of richly colored, dark pink flowers borne profusely over the plant, compact habit
Habit: Grows to 5 feet high and wide
Culture: Prefers sun to part shade and well-drained soil
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 9
Origin: Garden origin
Attributes: Attracts butterflies, deer resistant, fall color
The Japanese spirea was introduced from Japan around 1870, and is one more than 80 species found in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The well-known cultivar ‘Anthony Waterer’ was raised by 1890 at the Knap Hill nurseries in Great Britain and was admired by many garden writers. The earliest American reference to this cultivar was in 1901. The old-time herbaceous spireas are important heirloom plants and many garden and natural hybrids were available by the end of the 19th century. They were used for edging along walkways or borders and for the foreground of shrubbery.
This plant will ship bare root. Anthony Waterer Spirea is approximately 18" tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your Anthony Waterer Spirea in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the Anthony Waterer Spirea plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.