|Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’|
Pieris is a compact shrub which is fully hardy. Clusters of pure white bell-like flowers are produced in spring (April-May). They are quite happy growing in full sun, however they also grow quite well in partial shade. They like well drained loamy soil which is slightly on the acidic side.
Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’ is a very decorative and spectacular evergreen shrub for the spring border or containers. It has an attractive silvery cream edge to its evergreen foliage and each spring it surprises you with an outburst of new golden-red foliage which is displayed on the top of the shrub during spring after flowering. It will grow to a height of 1.2m and can spread 1.2m in 10 years providing the growing conditions are suitable, although it continues to grow after this time.
Other varieties which are also very good include Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ which produces stronger coloured new red shoots in spring but lacks the variegation. Pieris ‘Cupid’ is a very dwarf compact variety producing masses of flowers. Pieris ‘Valley Valentine’ produces masses of lovely pendular wine red flowers.
Pieris grow well with other acid loving plants such as skimmia, leucothoe, heathers and conifers.
|Pieris ‘Forest Flame’||Pieris ‘Cupid’||Pieris