You’re in luck! Double Play Doozie spirea is as easy to grow as it is beautiful. Choose a spot that receives at least six hours of sun per day if you want to maximize its flower power, or as little as four hours of afternoon sun for a show that’s nearly as colorful.
One of the reasons spirea is such a popular landscape plant is that it isn’t fussy about soil type. You can grow it pretty easily even if you have alkaline or clay soil. Since it is drought tolerant once established, you won’t need to worry about watering every day. You may also be happy to hear that deer typically pass spirea right on by.
When planting, space your pots of Double Play Doozie spirea about 2 to 3 feet apart or slightly closer if you want them to grow together into a dense hedge. Dig the planting hole about twice as wide but just as deep as the container it is growing in. If the roots are densely circled around when you take the plant out of the pot, loosen them up a bit to break the “root memory”. This will encourage them to grow outward instead of continuing to grow in a circular pattern.
Set the plant in the hole, making sure that the top of the rootball is level with the top of the surrounding soil. Then backfill the hole with the soil you dug out. Press it down with your hand firmly to eliminate any big air pockets around the roots.
Lastly, water the plant again to help the soil settle. Spread some mulch around the base of the plant, taking care to keep it from touching the plant’s stems. The mulch will help to retain soil moisture and protect the roots during winter.