White flowers on dark green foliage. Plant Spotlight: 'Tor' Birchleaf Spirea.

Plant Spotlight: ‘Tor’ Birchleaf Spirea

Could you tell me the name of your favorite spirea? You just rolled your eyes, didn’t you? 

That’s okay. While spirea is a commonly used plant for landscapers, it’s not the plant that customers get excited about when they’re at the nursery. Most people wouldn’t even recognize this favorite as spirea, though.

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Closeup of purple flower spike with light green background. Plant Profile: Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

Plant Profile:  Stachys monieri Hummelo

There are times when incredible plants are lackluster in their containers. Hummelo Stachys is one of those plants. 

Planted in a landscape, Hummelo holds the anticipation of bright pink flowers. Its glossy green foliage, low growing, concealing the ground. But the plants at the garden center are often only a handful of low-growing leaves. 

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