The clusters of green-pink bells may escape attention as they dance underneath fresh green leaves - but you won’t miss the fiery autumn orange blaze
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained acid to neutral soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Renowned for its autumn colour, this spreading, deciduous shrub actually has two seasons of interest. In early summer it produces clusters of delicate, bell-shaped, cream to pink flowers with darker pink margins. In autumn, the oval, mid green leaves turn flaming shades of orange and red. This pretty shrub is perfect for a shady, woodland edge and gives its most brilliant autumn display on acid soil.
- Garden care: Apply a thick 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of peat or well-rotted leafmould around the base of the plant in spring. Little pruning is needed. Simply remove dead and diseased wood and branches that are crossing after the plant has flowered.
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