Common Name: Lily of the valley bush
Cultivar: 'Mountain Fire'
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Time to take cuttings: June to July
Flowering period: June to July
Best in acid or neutral soils, pieris are essential spring border shrubs. Elsewhere, they will grow exceptionally well in containers of lime-free, ericaceous compost. They are mountain forest plants, originally from the Far East, and appreciate a little shade to prevent scorching to the new shoots, and some shelter from late spring frosts, which cause similar damage. 'Mountain Fire' holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in recognition of its outstanding excellence. Its glossy leaves are red when young, turning chesnut-brown.
Looks good with:Matteuccia struthiopteris
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