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Buy Deutzia pulchra deutzia: A staple for the shrub border


  • Position: full sun or light, dappled shade
  • Soil: any fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to June
  • Flower colour: white with a pink flush
  • Other features: attractive peeling bark
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

    A handsome deciduous shrub that can be used as a specimen plant, or incorporated into a shrub border where its pretty late spring and summer flowers can be seen at their best. These star-shaped blooms are white with a faint pink flush and they appear in slightly dangling clusters, which look especially good against the backdrop of dark green foliage. A native of woodland edges and scrub in the Philippines and Taiwan, it is tolerant of a little light shade as long as it is not too dry, but will flower best in full sun. It has an upright habit with arching stems, and as the branches mature they develop peeling bark, which can look like giant cinnamon sticks. In colder areas grow against a south facing wall or provide protection by tucking it in between other plants.

  • Garden care: To encourage a bushy habit tip-prune young plants, either by pinching off the tips of soft shoots or by reducing long leading or lateral shoots by a third. Immediately after flowering, cut back the stems that have flowered to one or two healthy buds.

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Rabbit proof shrubs Dear Sirs We are planning to plant a 30mt long border with flowering shrubs and have assorted colours of Rhododendrons in mind. Our main concern is that the shrubs must be rabbit proof as the border is adjacent to woods and a large grassed area. Also, where possible we would like to have 'flowers' on the shrubs throughout the summer. Would you be able to provide a picking list of suitable shrubs? Thank you for your prompt attention Andy

Clark, Andy (buying)

Hello there, These are really troublesome pests, and there are no effective deterrents available (apart from getting a guard dog) which will be any help to you. They tend to prefer leaves and soft stems rather than flowers and woody stems, and they seem to prefer feeding in exposed positions and often nibble plants at the edge of borders. This habit can be used to the gardener's advantage by planting more valuable subjects in the centre of beds. In winter, when food is scarce, deciduous plants at the edge of beds will not interest rabbits, and will help protect winter flowers in the centre. Below is a list of flowering shrubs which they usually tend to leave alone. Buddleia davidii, Ceanothus Cistus Cotoneaster dammeri Deutzia Hebe Hypericum Hydrangea Mahonia aquifolium Potentilla fructicosa Rhododendron spp. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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