The first time I was a guest on BBC TV’s Gardeners’ World – this was long ago, when Geoff Hamilton was still presenting it – I showed how to plant a ‘Wakehurst’ pieris in a large terracotta pot, and what to plant with it. With silver variegated ‘Glacier’ ivy trailing over the edge and clumps of blue grape hyacinths emerging in spring, my container looked good in all seasons. And it continued to do so for years.
Using a large container is the best way for those of us with limy soil to grow pieris as we can fill the pot with a lime-free compost such as J. Arthur Bower’s Ericaceous Compost. If you choose a terracotta pot, cut up an old compost sack and use the plastic to line the pot. This will stop moisture evaporating through the sides. Once planted, water thoroughly and regularly, and don’t forget to add ericaceous feed to the water.
Alkaline soil? Plant your pieris in a pot