Pieris japonica (Lily-of-the-Valley shrub) – Ian Barker Gardens

Any plant with japonica (or japonicus) in its identify means it comes from Japan, as does this splendid shrub.  And the place a plant is from can inform you a large number about its wants. For one factor, this plant prefers the cooler areas of Australia, because it’s not notably drought tolerant.

Pieris japonica’s most used frequent identify, Lily-of-the-Valley shrub refers back to the urn-shaped flowers that resemble these of the bulb of the identical identify. These flowers are undoubtedly the spotlight of the plant, dangling as they do in plenty from lengthy elegant tassels.

It additionally has the added benefit of flowering in winter and early spring, when there’s little else taking place in lots of gardens, including to its attraction as a dramatic characteristic plant. It’s an evergreen shrub with darkish inexperienced leaves, bronze-coloured new development, and it has a tidy form that’s straightforward to take care of.

Ian Barker Gardens characteristic Pieris ‘Temple Bells’ in its Hawthorn challenge, for its clusters of sunshine pink buds that open to attractive white bell formed flowers in winter. The plant is positioned the place it supplies a spectacular present of flowers for all to see. The designer has additionally positioned the shrub beneath a deciduous tree, the place it’s protected against summer time solar, but has loads of winter sunshine to flower.

There are a lot of completely different cultivars of this shrub, resembling ‘Christmas Cheer’, which has pale pink flowers, and ‘Dorothy Wycoff’, that includes compact however vigorous development, darkish purple flower buds that open to gentle pink, and foliage that’s darkish inexperienced in the summertime, turning bronze within the winter.

Pieris japonica featured by Ian Barker Gardens in Garden Notebook edition 32

Pieris japonica featured by Ian Barker Gardens in Garden Notebook edition 32


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