Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

lily-of-the-valley shrub

2 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained acid soil or ericaceous compost
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: March to May
  • Flower colour: deep pink
  • Other features: glossy, dark green leaves
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    An unusual and long-flowering variety of pieris with deep pink, almost red, spring flowers and glossy, dark green leaves. This compact, rounded, evergreen shrub is perfect for a partly shady shrub border or woodland garden with moist, well-drained acid soil. To protect the handsome foliage from frost-damage shade from the early morning sun.

  • 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.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

Boston Ivy

Vigorous climber, with glossy leaves and fabulous autumn colour

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Rhododendron luteum

yellow azalea, sweet pontica azalea, deciduous azalea

Sweetly scented

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Lonicera × tellmanniana

honeysuckle

Burnt amber flowers

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Hamamelis × intermedia 'Diane'

witch hazel

Coppery-red, scented, spidery flowers in winter

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