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Regional Picks: Color in the Shade – California

Fine Gardening - Issue 147



‘Little Heath’ andromeda (Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; moist, acidic, well-drained soil

A lovely plant with light green leaves and white variegation, ‘Little Heath’ andromeda features new growth that is pink, which adds to its attractiveness. This plant is a great companion to azaleas and rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp. and cvs., Zones 5–9) because it also prefers acidic soil conditions. Small bell-shaped white flowers in long clusters appear in midspring. After the flowers are gone, the plant will push new rose-colored growth.


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