Need to brighten up your garden now winter's hoving into view? well, the Leucothoe is, say horticulturalists, the plant to choose for a flash of colour and a rich abundance of leafy foliage.
Plants look handsome with their reddish copper hue and they're low maintenace - they'll thrive in pretty much any soil.
Choose from the coppery-red foliage of leucothoe keiskei (‘royal ruby’), the deep pink vibrancy of ‘Scarletta’ or the variegated beauty of leucothoe rainbow, which has white, pink and bronze new growth.
The leucothoe thrives in most conditions from full sun to heavy shade, and anything from well drained to moist soil. Just make sure it doesn’t get waterlogged and it will be fine. That said slightly acidic soil is its favourite, so give your plants the occasional acid feed.
Where to plant
For a riot of colour, plant your leucothoe with foliage of contrasting shades of green, such as the golden tones of ‘golden spirit’, the lime green intensity of lime hostas or Japanese maples, or the frosted finish of leucothoe ‘silver dust’.