The creep spindle is a true all-round talent and also totally easy to care for. It can thrive as a ground cover as well as a hedge plant or vine in the garden.© summersum - Fotolia.com
The creeping spindle (Euonymus fortunei) is a species from the genus of spindle bushes (Euonymus), which is native to East Asia. In Europe, depending on the variety, it is particularly popular as an evergreen ground cover, hedge plant, specimen plant or as a climbing plant for greening walls.
Creep spindles form greenish white to greenish yellow flowers in June and July. The opposite growing leaves are oval to elliptical in shape. They can take on different shades of green, often interspersed with white or yellow areas. In autumn, the plants also carry small berries of fiery red to bright orange in color, which serve as food for various bird species.
The growth of the creeper spindles is extremely varied and depends on the particular breed. The possible uses are correspondingly diverse. The 'Emerald'n Gaiety' creeper, for example, is only 20 to 60 centimeters high and is very suitable as a flat ground cover or low-growing hedge. The purple creeper 'Coloratus' in turn grows up to 60 centimeters high and can also be used as a hedge or ground cover. The variety also cuts a fine figure as a tub plant or semi-upright specimen plant. With the appropriate climbing aids, pergolas or even entire house facades can be greened without any problems.
Location and soil
Creepers are sun-loving plants that thank you for a bright location with around 20 centimeters of growth per year. Partial shade locations are also acceptable for varieties with green leaves throughout.
The creep spindles have low demands on the ground. They get along very well with ordinary garden soil. However, very lean soils should be regularly enriched with compost to ensure an adequate supply of nutrients. Creep spindles do not grow particularly well on very solid ground. The problem can be easily solved by loosening the soil with the spade.
Important care measures© summersum - Fotolia.com
Creep spindles feel most comfortable in moderately moist soil. During the summer, you should therefore water the plants regularly in sunny locations and in partial shade during longer dry seasons. You can find out how to do this correctly in our article Proper watering in summer - these rules must be observed.
If the plants grow on nutrient-rich soil, it is not necessary to fertilize them. However, as container plants, creeper spindles need a little liquid fertilizer once a month.
The hardy plants can cope well with frost. At most, it can have a limp appearance with hanging leaves during the cold season. As soon as the temperatures rise in spring, the creeping spindles quickly recover.