This evergreen shrub is a great low maintenance and easy-growing plant that changes colour as it matures, with dark maroon leaves in its infancy that turn green as it grows older. It has even been known to take on a metallic-like glow when positioned in the sun, too. Whilst it works well in flowerbeds, it can also be planted in patio pots.
If you're lucky, you may see your plant produce small white flowers during early spring and summer.
This plant prefers to be on the dark side, so position in a shady spot in your garden. It also likes its soil to be moist, well drained, and acidic. The Leucothoe Scarletta is very easy to grow as well and coupled with its bright foliage, it makes a great all-rounder. Also, this plant is toxic to pets so keep this in mind if your furry friends are prone to nibbling.
How to keep me happy
Plant size: W19cm x H45cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Ideal for: Plant me into a flowerbed
Position in: I like shadier spots in the garden
Easy to grow: I'm a low maintenance plant
Latin name: Leucothoe Scarletta
Jo's top tip
The Leucothoe Scarletta is an easy way to inject some colour into your garden for minimal effort - its red leaves will look as if you've spent hours tending to it, when in reality its care needs are minimal.
Does not include decorative pot.