Little Heath Pieris
Pieris japonica 'Little Heath'
|Description||A neat, compact shrub with a yellow-green variegation on the margins of the gray-green leaves; new leaves are pink. Showy clusters of small, white, bell-shaped flowers add to the beauty in spring. Great for use as a low hedge, foundation plant, or container plant. Evergreen.|
|Light||Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge|
|Design Ideas||This is a perfect little plant for sheltered gardens needing solid foundational shrubs. Works well on north side of house or in areas influenced by buildings and tree shade. A natural in the acidic conditions beneath conifers and hardwoods. A beautiful light plant for the dappled shade of woodland gardens where greens tend to fade into darkness.|
|Companion Plants||Azalea (Azalea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Camellia (Camellia); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Holly (Ilex)|
|Care||Provide organically rich, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil, with protection from harsh winds. Thrives in dappled shade. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.|
|Lore||The small bell shaped flowers of Pieris signifies that these plants belong in the Ericaceae family.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9
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