There is something about this spring… In addition to widening my perennial bed along the back of the house, I’ve decided to cut these Spiraeas way back.They came out “poorly” last spring and I knew they needed something to rejuvenate them. Did you know that cutting back some shrubs like Spiraea rejuvenates them?
Here’s the after picture. How did I do?
But here’s the question. Do I really want them to grow back? I think planting them along the walkway like I did was poor design. They hid what was behind there, which isn’t much as you can see, other than a few tulips and daffodils. But I think that could really be a nice garden area without the shrubs hiding everything planted there.
Now I need to decide if I really want the Spiraea to grow back. If I don’t, I need to dig out the stumps before they have a chance to send up new growth. Because once they have new growth, I probably will not have the heart to take them out.
Decisions! Decisions! That’s what spring gardening seems to be about. What lived? What died? What stays? What goes? How much to spend this year on the garden?
By the way, the answer to the last question is “we don’t count how much we spend on the garden”. Or if we do, we hide it in other budget categories… vegetable gardens go under “food”, flower gardens are really “therapy”, lawn mowers go under “exercise club”, along with hoes, because hoeing can be hard work!
Feel free to weigh in on whether I should let the Spiraea grow back (I assume they will!) or proceed with removing the stumps. These were, are Spiraea x bumalda ‘Limemound’.