If you are lucky enough to have Rhododendrons growing well in your garden, then Enkianthus Campanulatus will probably also thrive.
The one I feature today was actually the last shrub which was planted in our Aberdeen garden.
*** in our garden ***
In the Autumn of 2012 we planted the Enkianthus Campanulatus, in the woodland area, positioned in dappled shade
I knew it stood a good chance of performing well as Enkianthus favours acidic soil and Rhododendrons thrive in our woodland area.
Just to make sure, I dug in a fair amount of ericaceous compost to the planting area.
Being A deciduous shrub the leaves dropped off in early Winter.
I was really pleased to see the leaf buds opening in early Spring, and the umbels of small flowers were profuse in May continuing well into June.
Enkianthus Campanulatus developed well in its first year, Myra often tells me that we should have dug this shrub up and taken it with us when we moved. She wasn’t far wrong, well she seldom is and its pointless arguing with women, isn’t it?
*** plant description ***
This hardy deciduous shrub grows to a height of about 10/12 ft, so it needs a bit of space to develop, looking good as a free standing specimen, or well placed in either the mixed border or woodland setting.
The umbels of smallish yet very striking creamy flowers, shaded with hints of pink,orange and red veins open in May/June.
If you were not previously acquaint with this plant, you will be sure to find yourself checking it out every day when its in bloom
If it wasn’t enough, this shrub with its exquisite blooms, also gives a great Autumn show when the leaves turn various shades of orange and red.
*** pruning ***
It isn’t really necessary to prune Enkianthus Campanulatus, simply cut back any wayward branches. However, if after a few years you find that it is starting to outgrow the position, the shrub will tolerate hard pruning in April.
*** Hardiness *** fully hardy down to at least minus 15c
*** Position *** full sun/partial shade, best in part shade!
*** Soil *** Acid/neutral, holding the moisture in Summer
Longing for Spring to arrive, so it was quite uplifting to see these Crocus opening up under the front window on a sunny morning.
On January the 30th, this is what we woke up to, I reckon its the best the garden has looked in the last few months.
The snow was more or less gone by the next morning, back to thinking about Spring again.
We no longer have a greenhouse, I still like to have some annual bedding plants in the garden. Mind you, we do have one of those mini greenhouses so I am off to place an order for some plug plants. They are very reasonably priced £14.99 for 170 plug plants. They also have larger garden ready plants. I was very happy with those which I purchased from this mail order company in the past worth having a look.
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