First Editions Sundrop Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Bailcarol’)

First Editions Sundrop Spirea

  • Lovely Pink Flowers
  • Lightly Fragrant
  • Butterflies Appreciate the Flat Blooms in Early Summer
  • Golden Yellow Foliage
  • Color Stays Bright and True All Summer
  • Red-Tinged Fall Color
  • Darling Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Compact Mound
  • Cute in Containers, Too
  • Extremely Cold Hardy
  • Easy Care

Add the perfect light-hearted accent to your garden design with the cheery golden foliage of First Editions® Sundrop™ Spirea (Spiraea ‘Bailcarol’). You’ll look forward to the shell-pink blooms in early summer!

This petite powerhouse never outgrows its allotted space. Use it to “pop” the edge of your foundation planting, or give your friend one in a pretty outdoor pot for her patio.

Butterflies love the fragrant flowers. Because they are held nearly flat…they are easier to land on and gather critical nectar!

Snip several of the blooms for a collection of tiny bud vases on a special tray on your coffee table. Add a few sprays of the brilliant yellow foliage for contrast.

Spirea performs so well in the landscape. This exceptional cultivar is extra hardy, and so winning with sunshine-yellow foliage. Plus, after the first round of blooms, a quick dead head of the old flowers will reward you with another round of fresh blooms!

Sundrop Spirea is a natural dwarf. Likely, with water and love, you’ll never need to prune it beyond a bit of deadheading.

Make life more colorful with their help. This bold coloration contrasts beautifully with evergreens and purple-foliage perennials and shrubs.

Sundrop Spirea takes the cold without missing a beat. And that luminous gold won’t quit in the heat of summer.

How to Use First Editions® Sundrop™ Spirea in the Landscape

Celebrate the season with a long “ribbon” of color in your sunny borders. Create a solid row with a spacing 18 inches apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Add staggered rows behind for a spectacular mass planting or groundcover. Partner with dramatic Black Knight Butterfly Bush for a long-lasting nectar resource over the course of many months.

This cultivar is especially welcome in modern foundation plantings. Expand your existing mulched bed, or prune mature evergreens to make room.

You’ll love the look of a low informal Sundrop Spirea hedge along the length of your front walkway. Or plant them in a wide circle around your mailbox to make people smile.

Have you ever walked a Labyrinth at a church or hospital garden? Create your own with these sweet, tidy shrubs lining a planned path of contemplation.

Of course, they’ll also look terrific in mixed borders. Unwind and allow this mounded sunshine to fill in and soften the look of your designs.

Tips for Care

Plant these golden Spirea in full sun, with at least six hours of direct sunlight. The more sun, the better!

Plant in rich, well-drained soils that doesn’t retain water for long. If you need to improve drainage, bring in additional soil to create a raised bed.

Sundrop needs moderate water on a regular basis. A three-inch layer of mulch helps tremendously, but pull it back away from directly touching the stems.

In early spring, prune if you want to shape them a bit, although their superior compact habit requires little care. Deadhead after the blooms are done to tidy things up…or get into the habit of snipping them at their height of beauty for cut flowers.

Add flowering plant fertilizer in early spring, following the application rate on the label. Please keep grass fertilizers far away from your blooming plants, as their nitrogen-rich recipe will actually curtail flowering.

What a friend you’ll find with the incandescent personality of Sundrop Spirea.

First Editions Sundrop Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Bailcarol’) Details

Common name First Editions Sundrop Spirea
Botanical name Spiraea x bumalda 'Bailcarol'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 12 - 15 inches
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Pink