Late last fall, a new deck was built at the back of the house. Step platforms in the side yard lead from the front, passing the spirea. Now that it has a new prominence along an enhanced path, it awoke this spring with long draping masses of flowers. I was previously considering a move to a less conspicuous place in the yard, but it is well-established in the present location, and can give some maturity to the side yard soon to be filled with rookie plants.
For The Record:
Dry heavy soil
Full sun in protected area
No fertilizer or soil amendments
Blooming: Dogwood, bridal wreath spirea, azaleas, allium, purple salvia
Lifted emperor tulip bulbs