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.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
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.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1m
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.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A well behaved and compact evergreen shrub with neat light green foliage. In spring pendulous racemes of pure white flowers with a gentle fragrance decorate the whole plant. Looks good all year round. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. Tall, slender, upright evergreen shrub with bright red new foliage growth. Clusters of bell-shaped white flowers bloom in spring in a showy display. Makes an excellent colour display as a hedge or foundation shrub. Evergreen
Lily of the Valley Shrub. A special form of Pieris that has large creamy flowers which droop in seductive panicles in spring. New foliage growth emerges with a warm bronze tone and matures to glossy emerald green. Looks really good all year round and is well worth planting in a semi-shaded spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. This compact little shrub with neat green foliage will delight you with beautiful, pendulous, racemes of white, fragrant flowers in the spring. Prefers and semi-shaded spot and acid soil. Can be grown in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m