Thursday, January 31, 2013

Building a Show Garden: Can I getta keis keis.. Leucothoe keiskei

Leucothoe keiskei winter leaf colorA most fabulous and not commonly grown plant is this stunning species of Leucothoe from Japan called L. keiskei. It's one of the rare and exciting plants to be discovered by "The Lost Gardener" at this year's Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

It's a small, evergreen shrub that has a stunning cascading habit that looks great on the edge of a shady rockery or as a container specimen as shown below. It greens up come summer, but the winter color it takes on is absolutely gorgeous. The glossy leaflets arranged in a zigzag pattern makes it truly unique.

Like most members of the Ericaceae, it prefers slightly acidic, well-drained soils and regular moisture to really thrive.

Aralia Sun King with Leucothoe
A stunning container display designed and grown by garden designer Meghan Fuller using the Leucothoe with Aralia 'Sun King'

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