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Leucothoe Scarletta

 

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The Leucothoe Scarletta makes an excellent ornamental groundcover shrub.  It has long, slim and glossy leaves which are a burgundy-red colour, as the plant matures, the leaves turn green and they take on a stunning bronze tints during the autumn months.  The leaves of the Leucothoe Scarletta are shiny, and have metallic effect created by the sunlight shining onto them. It has dense dark green foliage that is rich red when young and also in winter . From mid to late spring small white bell like flowers are held under the foliage.

 

As a woodland plant, the leucothoe scarletta makes a brilliant shrub to be planted alongside rhododendrons as it thrives in low light levels and acidic soils.

Scarletta makes truely striking groundcover under shrubs where it will add interest and colour especially in winter

 

 

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Acorus 'ogon'

 

This dwarf cultivar of grassy-leaved sweet flag (to 10 inches tall and 6 inches wide) has linear fans of semi-evergreen, glossy, pale green and cream-striped leaves that have an overall golden effect. This is a perennial with showy foliage that looks really well all year round but especially in winter,it loves our winters with plenty of rainfall, it does not like dry conditions so its definitely a great plant for that 'wet spot' where you can't grow anything else.

 

 

Japanese Azalea

 

Japanese azalea 

 

Who can't resist an azalea in flower, with its vibrant flowers in Spring that flower for quite a long time,this plant will flower quite happy in shade, but it does like lime-free soil, because of its short root system even if your soil is limey by adding ericaceous compost you will be o.k. with this, azaleas like a moist soil though not too wet. Not much happens them in the way of pests or disease, so all in all an easy plant to grow. Lots of people find azaleas die easily, I think this is because they get dry in Spring especially in the easterly wind,so to avoid this you need to mulch your plants in winter, you can use a mulch of your choice be it compost, grit or slate mulch, the main thing is you need to keep moisture in the ground. Azaleas like any other spring flowering shrub must avoid early morning sun, so not east facing.

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