Name: Spirea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ aka Ogon spirea.
Type of Plant: This is a shrub that has several valuable traits. It stays under 5 feet tall, flowers for several weeks in the spring, and has thin, golden to lime-green leaves all summer. Hardy in Zones 4-8
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love the loose, rounded shape and the foliage that’s yellow in the spring and fall, and a light, lime-green in the summer. I appreciate how this plant provides early spring flowers as a background shrub for my perennial garden.
A Word to the Wise: The leaves have their best yellow color in the sun, but the plant will grow in part-sun to part-shade. Because this shrub looks best with its natural, fountain-type growth, it should not be sheared. The only pruning you might do is to remove deadwood. If the plant needs a total renewal, cut it down to about six inches in the spring and start over.