Michele Owens at SignoftheShovel is, I know, a fine person, not to mention one of the most talented writers in all of blogdom. But when she leaves this comment on my post about wiegelias, "Nice alternative to those ratty-looking spireas," I want to say - Hey, that's my Favorite Shrub for Sun you're talking about there - and rush to their rescue. I know you all understand.
So I present the lovely spirea 'Snowmound' to make the case for the not-rattiness of spireas. It's similar to but possibly even prettier than the popular 'Bridal Wreath,' and here it is full-grown. The only pruning I've done is my usual limbing up to remove branches lying on the ground. All my other spireas are pruned regularly to make them smaller and they respond very nicely with fullness and good form. I hope to present more evidence shortly.
And for inquiring readers, here's everything I can think of about spireas. They come in a variety of sizes, this being the largest, require a half-day of sun to bloom, are drought-tolerant, deciduous, and can be cut back after flowering for a nice second show. Blooms are white or shades of pink, and there's even foliage colors to choose from. See the gorgeous chartreuse of 'Ogon,' a new spirea that's oh, so popular with designers. And if any of this is incorrect or incomplete, do let me know.