Little Princess Spirea

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'

Family: Spirea

Type: Shrub

Spirea ‘Little Princess’ is a charming, compact shrub that is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any garden. Known for its delicate pink flowers and bright green foliage, this variety of Spirea is favored for its small size and graceful, rounded shape. It blooms profusely in late spring to early summer, creating a soft and romantic display.

Reaching a height and spread of about 2-3 feet, Little Princess is ideally suited for small gardens, borders, and container plantings. Its dense, mounding habit makes it a versatile choice for a variety of landscaping needs. This shrub is not only known for its aesthetic appeal but also for its ease of care and hardiness, making it suitable for gardeners at all experience levels.

Thriving in full sun to partial shade, Little Princess Spirea requires well-drained soil to perform its best. It’s drought-tolerant once established and can adapt to a range of soil conditions. Regular pruning helps maintain its shape and encourages a second bloom in late summer or early fall.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 3a-4a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 2

Average Spread (feet): 3

Average Life Span (years): 20

Form: Round


Flower Color: Pink

Bloom Season: From late spring to early summer

Foliage Color: Green

Leaf Fall Color: Orange

Foliage Shape: Pointy

Bark Color: Brown

Bark Texture: Smooth

Landscaping Your Yard With Spirea Little Princess

Little Princess Spirea is perfect for creating soft borders and accents in garden beds. Its small size and vibrant blooms make it an excellent choice for adding color and texture to any landscape. Plant it in groups for a bold display or use it as a standalone specimen for a more subtle effect.

Incorporate this Spirea into foundation plantings or use it as a low hedge. Its compact size and bright foliage make it great for edging paths or defining garden spaces. Little Princess Spirea is also suitable for container gardening, bringing its charming blooms to patios and deck areas.

Due to its colorful foliage and flowers, Little Princess Spirea can be used as a focal point in the garden. Use it to draw attention to a specific area or to add visual interest throughout the seasons.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, Little Princess Spirea adds a whimsical and colorful element. Its informal growth habit and bright flowers complement the lush, diverse plantings typical of this garden style.

Formal Garden

For formal gardens, Little Princess Spirea can be used to create symmetry and structure. Its uniform growth habit and consistent color make it a suitable choice for formal landscape designs.

Urban Garden

Little Princess Spirea is a great choice for urban gardens due to its adaptability and compact size. It can thrive in limited spaces while adding significant visual interest.

Spirea Little Princess Landscaping Ideas

Use Little Princess Spirea in sensory gardens where its vibrant foliage and soft pink flowers can be fully appreciated. Plant it alongside pathways or seating areas where its beauty can be enjoyed up close.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Little Princess Spirea's foliage emerges, providing a fresh green backdrop for its soon-to-bloom flowers.


During summer, the shrub is adorned with clusters of small pink flowers, creating a beautiful contrast with its green leaves.


In the fall, the leaves of Little Princess Spirea may turn to shades of yellow and red, adding autumnal interest to the garden.


In winter, Little Princess Spirea loses its leaves, but its branching structure still provides interest in the landscape, especially when dusted with frost or snow, offering a delicate silhouette against the winter backdrop.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Spirea Little Princess should be planted in a location that gets full sun to partial shade. It’s perfect for front-of-border placements, small garden spaces, and along pathways.


This shrub flourishes in full sun, which promotes the most prolific blooming, but it can also handle partial shade, where the blooms may be less abundant.


Little Princess Spirea is adaptable to various soil types, but it thrives best in well-drained soil. It can tolerate both slightly acidic and alkaline conditions.


Space plants approximately 2-3 feet apart to allow for growth and air circulation, which helps maintain plant health and reduces the risk of disease.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Little Princess Spirea is in the spring or early fall, allowing the plant to establish itself during moderate weather conditions.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the shrub in the hole, fill it with soil, and water thoroughly. A layer of mulch can help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, Little Princess Spirea is relatively drought-tolerant.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote healthy growth and vibrant flowering.


Prune in late winter or early spring. Cutting back the shrub encourages new growth and a more robust flowering.

By Season


Spring Care

Remove any dead branches and apply fertilizer. Begin regular watering as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Continue regular watering, especially during dry spells. Deadhead spent flowers to promote new blooms.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. No fertilization is needed during this time.

Winter Care

Little Princess Spirea is hardy and does not require special winter care. However, in regions with harsh winters, a layer of mulch can provide extra root protection.


Does Little Princess Spirea Attract Wildlife?

Yes, its flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.

Can Little Princess Spirea be Used for Hedging?

Absolutely, its compact size and dense growth habit make it suitable for low hedges or garden borders.

How Fast Does Little Princess Spirea Grow?

Little Princess Spirea has a moderate growth rate, typically reaching its full size in a few seasons with proper care.

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