Add multiple seasons of interest to your garden with a recent introduction that adds eye catching color and texture. Sem Ash Leaf Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’) is a compact growing, cold hardy (to –30 F) shrub. Having recently gone through three winters that tested our gardens’ cold hardiness, we are always on the lookout for plants that can withstand snow, ice, and a deep freeze. This durable, well-behaved plant should perform well in the garden or in a container, even if you live in our area’s colder spots, such as North Bend, Snoqualmie, or any of the high exposed hills on the Eastside.
In spring ‘Sem’ leafs out with pink to purple fern like foliage that matures to green tones. This shrub, which matures around 3’ – 4’ tall and wide, shows off plumes of white flowers in summer. In autumn ‘Sem’ turns bright red before the leaves drop adding yet another season of color and interest.
Sorbaria ‘Sem’ grows best in full or partial sun conditions and likes moist, well-drained soil. Consider pairing it with bold leafed companions such as Heuchera or Bergenia to provide textural contrast. Plant a drift of purple, pink or lavender tulip bulbs this fall in front of your ‘Sem’ to provide an eye popping color show as each emerges next spring. Come introduce yourself to ‘Sem’ today.