Old house places frequently have Formosa azaleas and spirea
alternating, now grown into great wads of pink and white.
Spiraea thunbergii, commonly called 'Baby's Breath' spirea. This plant is
smaller, twiggy, with blue-green leaves as compared to Bridal Wreath spirea.
I no longer grow the clustered single flowers form S. Vanhouttei, also a Southern classic.
Why do I spell spirea as Spiraea sometimes? Spiraea is the latin name, spirea is the household name. Spiraea is of the Rosacea family, remember the flowers of S. prunifolia looked like little roses?
In the summer we'll take a look at S. bumalda, spirea with pink flowers.