- Position: partial shade (but not east-facing)
- Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil (or ericaceous compost for container-grown specimens)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: January to March
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The formal, semi-double flowers of this gorgeous variety are mainly a pale blush pink or white, but each petal has a darker pink edge, which gives them a distinctive bi-coloured effect. They look very pretty when in flower in late winter and early spring and they make a striking focal point in a seasonal planting scheme. Their glossy evergreen foliage also makes them a valuable garden shrub, which will provide structure and interest throughout the year. Alternatively find a large pot and fill it with ericaceous compost and you will have a super specimen for the patio.
Garden care: To prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. After flowering lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the appearance of the plant.