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Pieris, or as it is commonly known, Lily of the Valley bush, has been extensively hybridised as they are amongst the most popular evergreen shrubs for temperate gardens. Originating mainly in the subtropical and temperate regions of the Himalayas and eastern Asia they are mainly spring flowering and some of them have a subtle fragrance. They are valued as specimen shrubs and are very effective, providing a real show, when planted in groupings of three or five.
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Particularly attractive is the fact that the new leaf growth is different in colour to the mature leaves, being reddish, bronze, pink or yellow. The beautiful small flowers hang down in panicles and each flower resembles a white bell. Pieris species prefer cool, moist, well-drained soil and they are partial to lashings of humus. When situated in full sun they will flower more prolifically whereas a spot in semi-shade will result in more lush foliage. They have a tidy habit and therefore they do not require major pruning – just the odd pinching back will suffice to keep them in shape.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A special plant for a semi-shaded spot. Fresh bronze young foliage that matures to green. Panicles of fragrant white bell flowers with a hint of rose at the tips make quite a show in spring. Looks good all year round. Happiest in a deep acid soil and semi-shade. Evergreen.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. Our Dorothy is a charming shrub with rich green summer foliage that takes on red tones in winter. Deep burgundy flower buds appear in winter and open to fragrant racemes of white bells tinged with pink. Nice compact habit. Plant in semi-shade in acid soil. Evergreen.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. An award winning form of this popular spring flowering shrub. The variegated green and white foliage is decorated with panicles of white bell like flowers in spring. New foliage emerges flaming red. Very striking. Likes dappled shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A superb evergreen shrub. New foliage emerges a bronze/red colour in spring and turns green. In spring drooping panicles of dark pink flowers make a lovely display. Prefers acidic, well drained soil. Plant in full sun or part shade.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A superb evergreen shrub for a semi-shaded position. New foliage opens red changing to pink and eventually fresh green. In spring drooping panicles of pearly white fragrant flowers make a lovely display. A top plant for year round performance.
Lily of the Valley shrub. This is a vigorous grower with attractive new shoots that are a fiery red maturing to dark green. Pearly white fragrant flowers hang in attractive racemes and appear in spring. Prefers semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A variegated variety, this shrub has green leaves edged with creamy white. Panicles of white bell like flowers appear in winter. Very striking. Plant in full sun or part shade, prefers acidic soil. Evergreen.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A delightful little shrub for a semi-shaded spot in the garden. Neat green foliage and in spring masses of dark pink buds that open to reveal pretty pink bells that have a gentle fragrance. Just lovely in full flower. Well behaved and easy to grow. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A very compact form of the popular Pieris. The foliage is softly variegated, green with cream margins and a hint of pink. In spring snowy white flower bells decorate the whole plant. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Perfect for a pot. Evergreen.
Lily of the Valley shrub. Gorgeous glossy green foliage with fiery crimson new shoots in spring. Large clusters of fragrant, pure white, bell like flowers hang in pretty racemes from early spring. Lovely background shrub for a semi-shaded spot. Likes acid soil. Hardy. Evergreen.