Hi: I'm trying to find a hedge that my grandmother had in Oklahoma.
It's about 4-5 feet tall, and is full of little white flowers. I've
been searching for it in seed catalogs but haven't found anything that
I think might be it. Was it baby's breath or bridal wreath? I'm not
sure. Any help appreciated --
Baby's Breath is (at least some of the time) Gypsophila. I don't think
you could grow a hedge from that. Bridal Wreath often applies to Spiraea
and particularly to Spiraea x arguta. You can treat that as a hedge, but
if you want the lots of little white flowers it would have to be an
informal hedge; if you clip it formally you'll lose most of the flowers.
There are other hedging plants with white flowers, such as privet,
blackthorn or hawthorn. Quite likely you wouldn't consider the flowers
of blackthorn or hawthorn to be little. It's perhaps not so clear cut
with privet as with Spiraea x arguta, but for flowers privet is also
best treated as an informal hedge.
I did a search on "hedge white flowers" and got:
But the leaves are not right.
The photo of the privet hedge here:
This is not what I remember, but is too dense. I think there were
long stems. I don't know. This may be a hopeless quest over a memory
that is not too well recalled.
That's a very carefully trimmed formal privet hedge; most privet hedges
aren't so dense, and it can be grown as in informal hedge.
However I suggest that you look for images of Spiraea x arguta, which is
(a plant known as) Bridal Wreath, and which does have small white
flowers, and small leaves, and can be grown as a hedge (my father has it
as a clipped hedge, at the expense of the flowers, but clipping once a
year after flowering might be a workable regime).
It very well might be privet then. On the other hand, I searched on
Spiraea x arguta and did find photos that looked promising:
look like what my grandmother had, and I believe it may be it.
Stewart, I believe you're right. The Bridal's Wreath Spiraea here is
what I believe it is:
And now I remember my mother calling it by both Bridal's Wreath and
Thanks so much!!
That's a different species of Spiraea. From the picture at the URL it
looks as if it has larger leaves, and a different habit. In particular
the flowers are clustered differently. See
for a more informative photograph.
You're right; I found a photograph of what I'm looking for:
But I'm looking for a place to purchase, and so far have not found
this exact species.
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