If you’re on the search for a plant that will wow in your landscape,
Love Child® Sweetspire is the answer. But, why you might ask? This shrub’s spring blooms, deer resistance, compact size, fall interest, and fragrance are just a few of the reasons why we love it and know you will too. Follow along as we break down why Love Child® should be your next go-to plant.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Heat Zone: 9
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Love Child® is an ideal plant for those who enjoy beautiful plants in their garden but don’t want to spend hours making it look that way. Caring for Love Child® is super easy! Water it when the soil is dry and don’t if it’s too moist. This shrub thrives in moist soil but can also be drought-tolerant. As for pruning, the best time to do so is in early summer after it’s bloomed. In fall, you don’t have to do anything except enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Make sure you plant Love Child® in an area that receives full sun or part shade, as those are the environments this shrub will thrive in.
Love Child® starts off strong with spring blooms of white racemes, or flower clusters, that contrast with the bright green foliage. This shrub blooms from May to June, and as a bonus, is beautifully fragrant! In the fall, the foliage ages to gorgeous shades of burgundy.
Unlike other varieties that can get larger, Love Child® is a lovely, compact size. It grows to a height and width of 3 to 4 feet, making it an ideal choice for small space gardens, foundation plantings, borders, and any other small space that needs a pop of interest.
You don’t need to worry about this shrub’s flowers and fragrance attracting your neighborhood deer because it’s deer-resistant! That means you get to enjoy Love Child® year-round without worrying that it will become a little afternoon snack. Learn more about deer-resistant plants and how to use them in your landscape here.