Enkianthus campanulatus AGM

IMG_0445This is an extremely hardy mid-sized, narrow, upright deciduous shrub. Lovely glossy green foliage compliments the mass of creamy white bell shaped flowers with pinky veins and tips – from late spring till summer! (Resembling Pieris flowers – close relative!)

Then the autumn explosion as you can see above and below – the foliage turns brilliant coppers and reds! Although this plant likes to be grown in acid soil, it will also grow in neutral soil, and it can be grown in a pot, just like the one in the pics! Bags of ericaceous compost can be bought from any garden centre or DIY store! You don’t need to buy a soil testing kit if you can already grow Rhododendrons and Azaleas and blue mophead hydrangeas- you can grow Enkianthus. I will be experimenting this year with this plant in the ground here with my neutral soil! RHS award of garden merit given to this plant and rightly so! Seen on plant labels as AGM .

Enkianthus campanulatus

Enkianthus campanulatusIMG_0447

Enkianthus above is pictured in front of a lovely golden hop, which has been fabulous this year and is laden with hops!

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