Shade Loving Pieris!
By Kerry Ann Mendez
Looking for something a little different to add to your landscape this spring? Pieris japonica, commonly called Lily of the Valley shrub, is woefully underused.
A Friend to Pollinators
This evergreen, deer resistant shrub is a year-round standout. Its shiny, dark green leaves will provide an attractive anchor in the winter landscape and come spring, the plant is smothered with white or pink dangling flowers that are prized by nectar-seeking bees, including our native mason bee.
Stunning Fresh Foliage
New foliage will emerge as the flowers fade and the lush new growth of many cultivars is a lovely red, pink or bronze. Pieris is a slow growing shrub that likes part shade to shade in nutrient rich, acidic soil (like many Rhododendron).
About the Author
KERRY ANN MENDEZ is an award-winning garden educator, author and design consultant based in southern Maine. Her latest book is The Budget-Wise Gardener. You'll now find her at Estabrook's consulting on garden design, answering your gardening questions and much more. Plus, don't miss her Garden Webinar series!