The Q&A Archives: Too Much Sun For Pieris?

Question: I'd like to plant some Pieris in my foundation border,on either side of our main entrance and in front of 2 bow windows. Right now we have some overgrown Yews and Arborvite there which we'll remove. We'd like to plant something evergreen, that blooms. We have morning sun that lasts half the day. Can Pieris take that much sun? And what else can we plant along with it? We have about 12 feet on each side to work with. Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer: Pieris is hardy into zone 5 if there is protection from the wind. Morning sun should be fine for it as well as for smaller varieties of azalea and rhododendron. You might look into some of the hardier varieties of these to go along with the pieris. They all need an acid soil that is humusy, evenly moist and yet very well drained. You mgiht want to run some basic soil tests to make sure your soil would suit these plants. Alternatively, you might be able to trim back the yews very hard (in early spring) and renew them rather than replace them. Your county extension should be able to help you with the soil tests and interpreting the results as well as make suggestions for foundation shrubs that would do well there.

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