SHRUBS TO LOOK UP TO

NZ Gardener - - THE GOOD LIFE -

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.

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