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Enkianthus Campanulatus — 20 Comments

  1. I didn’t know that shrub – I have just looked it up and discovered it can also have wonderful Autumn colour. Did you see that or had the plant already lost its leaves when you planted it? I am now wondering whether I have space anywhere for one. I have space at the top of the garden, but think it would be too dry for it; maybe at the bottom of the garden as it doesn’t seem to need too much sun. I love your garden in the snow. We have had some snow, but not enough to get lovely photographs like yours.

  2. I’m not acquainted with that shrub – what beautiful flowers on it! That is too bad you had to leave it. Our garden looks much like yours now, though we might have even more snow. There’s over two feet on the ground, and we’re due for another foot and a half. I’m looking forward to some Spring!

  3. Hello from frosty Scotland Alistair these are a must have for their beauty i have 3 in the garden and many Rhodies which all grow ever so well.

  4. I don’t have redvein enkianthus in my garden, Alistair, but it sounds like it may work in my woodland area — We have plenty of acidic soil. I need to research, howerver, whether the deer like it. I planted two mountain laurels, Kalmia latifolia, the Pennsylvania state flower, and the deer ate them to the ground. Your snow-covered garden is very pretty. Mine is under a foot of snow, and I wont see crocus for a long time, I’m sad to say. Oh, Alistair, please listen to Myra in future! P. x

  5. I do agree, never disagree with women. 😉 A wonderful shrub that would not like my garden I fear. I was surprised to see your crocus and then the snow which is what my garden will start looking like in March….bulbs growing and snow. I would be in heaven to get so many plugs for that wonderful price. Maybe 5, even 10, but never 170. Enjoy that beautiful garden of yours Alistair.

  6. Hi Alistair, we had our few days of snow and still have the odd patch left although I think today’s slightly higher temperatures will see it off. Enkianthus is a shrub which has always been at the back of my mind as it should do well in my conditions, I am doing a bit of reorganizing, including moving a Rhododendron, and after reading your post,I might just look at buying an Enkianthus to work in with my new layout.

  7. Lovely shrub Alistair – I have Enkianthus cernuus var. rubens in my garden. Very similar and as you say gorgeous autumn colour.
    Love your snow pictures – how gorgeous does your garden look. Roll on spring.

  8. Beautiful photos, and your snow photos are magical! Warm greetings from a very cold Montreal, Canada. Fortunately for myself, though, I love all the seasons, even the winter. You have a lovely blog. 🙂

  9. I must have missed your post, well, better late than never!
    As I was reading and looking at the photos of this lovely plant which is new to me I was thinking that this could be a really suitable plant for my garden…until I got to the size of it. I haven’t got room for any more big plants, I wonder if it would be possible to keep it to about 2×2 ft by pruning – even long term? How many years did you have yours? How quickly did it grow? I have an 11 year old Garrya elliptica happily growing in a container so perhaps this Enkianthus would be happy growing like that too 🙂

    I know Jersey Plants well, have been shopping from them for years, I was pleased to see that they now have larger plug plants too as the size they used to have were REALLY small, lot of wastage and without a greenhouse almost impossible to grow on. I bought my current winter bedding from them and chose the large size plugs.

    • Hi Helene, I didn’t have the Enkianthus long enough to comment on how it would cope with such regular hard pruning.
      I found the jersey plug plants more than ideal for growing on in our greenhouse, but like yourself we no longer have one, I intend to get their larger ones this year or their garden ready plants.

  10. Hello Alistair, I’ve never heard of Enkianthus Campanulatus, but I’m glad you pointed it out, it’s one I can add to the list for planting towards the bottom of the garden where the trees are. I’ve got several good spots for it around there. Your snowy garden pictures look lovely, very pristine and white, especially on the trees.

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