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. 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.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Lily of the Valley Shrub. Pink Delight will do just that with the masses of charming, pink pendulous buds that open to white fragrant flowers (with a distinctive pink tint) in spring. Fresh green foliage and a neat and tidy compact growth habit. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m 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. New foliage emerges a bronze colour and turns green as it ages. In winter clusters of bell shaped dark pink flowers decorate the whole plant. Happiest in part shade and acid soil. Perfect for a pot. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m