SHRUBS TO LOOK UP TO
One way to overcome spring shyness is to plant shrubs with bell-shaped blooms so you can peer up into them rather than look down on them. One particularly attractive acid-loving spring-flowering shrub is Enkianthus campanulatus, pictured above, which makes a fabulous foreground companion for larger, established rhododendrons. It’s a deciduous shrub, growing up to 2m tall, that prefers moist soil in partial shade. Not only is it unusual in spring, when it loses its leaves in autumn you get a second round of interest courtesy of its coppery-red stripshow. Order from Blue Mountain Nurseries.