Plant in fall: Pieris

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For a shrub that changes with the seasons, Pieris is tough to beat. Clusters of tiny pink, red, or white flower buds start appearing in fall; then, from mid-winter to midspring, blooms open in the same shades.

New spring growth bursts forth in vibrant reds and bronzy pinks. In summer, mature foliage in solid and variegated green makes a gorgeous backdrop for masses of seasonal flowers.

Pieris prefers well-drained acidic soil, and most species top out at 10 feet tall and wide. Plant now in mild-winter areas for year-round good looks.

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