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All About The Enchanting Leucothoe

The Leucothoe, also known as Doghobble, is a stunning garden plant that is becoming increasingly popular among gardening enthusiasts. With its glossy leaves and elegant appearance, the Leucothoe adds a touch of magic to any garden. In this blog, we will delve deeper into the ideal location for this plant, the necessary care, and the types of Leucothoe you can purchase at our garden centre.

Location for Leucothoe

Choosing the right location is crucial for a healthy and thriving Leucothoe. Here are some important considerations:

  • Light: Leucothoes thrive best in partial shade to shady areas. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to fade and become damaged. A spot with filtered sunlight is ideal.

  • Soil type: This plant prefers acidic, well-draining soil. Ensure the soil remains moist but not overly saturated.

  • Humidity: Leucothoes enjoy a humid environment. Regularly misting with lukewarm water is beneficial, especially during drier periods.

Leucothoe location

Caring for your Leucothoe

A healthy Leucothoe begins with proper care. Here are some tips to keep your plant in top condition:

  • Watering: Make sure the soil remains consistently moist, but avoid overwatering. Mulching helps retain soil moisture.

  • Fertilization: Provide your Leucothoe with a bit of acidic plant fertilizer in the spring. This promotes healthy growth.

  • Pruning: Regular pruning keeps your Leucothoe in shape and encourages new growth. Preferably do this after flowering in the spring.

  • Winter protection: During severe frost, it can be helpful to apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots.

Leucothoe winter protection

Types of Leucothoe

Most Doghobble varieties are evergreen, retaining their leaves throughout the winter. This means they stay green year-round and make a beautiful addition to the garden, even in the colder months. In terms of hardiness, many Leucothoe varieties are reasonably resilient to cold temperatures, especially when well-established in the ground. However, it's always wise to provide extra protection in the form of mulch or covering during extremely cold weather conditions. Our staff are always happy to help with planting locations, care advice, and detailed information on the hardiness of specific Leucothoe varieties, as there may be some variations between different cultivars.

There are several beautiful varieties of Leucothoe available that can enrich your garden with their unique features:

  • Leucothoe 'Color Diamond': With its variegated leaves ranging from pink to cream and green, the foliage adds a colourful accent to your garden.

  • Leucothoe 'Scarletta' (Zeblid): This variety is characterized by its deep green leaves that transform into a stunning burgundy red colour in the autumn.

  • Leucothoe 'Curly Red': The leaves of this variety have a striking curly shape and turn beautifully red in the autumn.

Below, you can see the enchanting red colour of the Leucothoe Scarletta.

Leucothoe Scarletta

Buying Leucothoe at our garden centre in Newcastle upon Tyne

Have you been intrigued by the enchanting beauty of the Leucothoe? Then visit our garden centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, where we offer an extensive selection of healthy and beautiful Leucothoe plants ready to claim a prominent spot in your garden. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting your green adventure, the Leucothoe is a fantastic addition to your garden. With the right location and care, your Leucothoe will grow into a true eye-catcher. Bring this beautiful plant into your home and enjoy the natural beauty it brings. With these tips and a little love and attention, your Leucothoe will undoubtedly flourish and enrich your garden with its elegant presence. Happy gardening!


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