Pieris 'Flaming Silver'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: April and May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A pretty, small, variegated, evergreen shrub with bright red, young leaves which develop silvery-white edges, contrasting beautifully with the older leaves. In mid and late spring, clusters of pretty, white, nodding bell-like flowers, resembling lily-of-the-valley appear. This compact shrub looks wonderful in a shady shrub border with well-drained, acid soil or in a container in a patio or courtyard garden.
- Garden care: Add composted pine needles or peat when planting. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of composted pine needles or peat each year around the base of the plant in early spring. Remove the faded flower heads in late spring along with any frost-damaged foliage.
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Q:My Pieris "Flaming Silver" is not flaming, lots of flowers/silvery leafs but no red this year. Is there something that I can feed with to bring back the colour. The plant is about eight years old and growing well.Asked on 4/7/2013 by greenthumbs from Limerick (southern Ireland)
I have never heard of this before, but the foliage does not usually appear until a little later, so I wonder if the new foliage has not emerged just yet - particularly as it has been so cold. Applying a generous layer of mulch (ericaceous compost would be ideal) around the root ball will certainly not do any harm, as will feeding with a Rhododendron fertiliser - please click on the following link to go straight to a good one.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/j-arthur-bowers-rhododendron-azalea-and-heather-feed/classid.1000000178/Answered on 4/8/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Pieris struggling and 'Lily of the Valley' dying back-why?
Good Afternoon, I recently bought some 'Lily of the Valley' (Convallaria majalis) from Crocus and 3 x hardy annuals and 1 x evergreen bush which were a gift for a friend. They were planted 1 day after deleivery but now the leaves are turning yellow and brown, and the plants have started drooping. Any advice on what could be causing this would be very helpful - I wouldn't have been so worried if it was just the small annual, - but the evergreen shouldn't be doing this. Thank you for any help with this matter,Asked on 8/31/2009 by Teresa Farr
A:Hello There, The Convallarias will be dying back naturally at this time of the year, so I would not be concerned about them. As for the Pieris, these like acidic conditions, so I suspect that it may not be planted in the right soil. The best thing to do would be to pot it up immediately into a really large pot fill with ericaceous compost if your friends soil is not acidic. I hope this helps Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/1/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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