Add year-round to color to your landscape with the addition of the pieris flowering shrub. Green and cream variegated foliage adds interest to the plant regardless of season, but the bell-shaped, lily-like flowers of spring are the main draw of this plant. The fragrant blossoms range in color from cream and white to deep rose, and bloom from late winter through spring. Pieris requires little maintenance to thrive as long as it is planted correctly and in the right location.
Spread 2 inches of peat or shredded pine bark over a well drained bed that receives afternoon shade. Till the peat into the top 10 inches of soil to add further drainage and acidity to the planting bed.
Dig a planting hole to the same depth as the nursery pot or root ball of the pieris. Make the hole twice as wide as the root ball.
Lift the pieris out of the pot or remove the covering from the root ball, as applicable. Set the pieris in the planting hole and add or remove soil underneath it until it is setting at the same depth in the hole that it was at in the pot.
Fill in around the roots with soil. Water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots then add more soil to the planting hole to finish filling it.
Spread a 3-inch layer of pine bark mulch under the newly planted pieris. Leave a 2-inch space between the mulch and the trunk of the shrub. Pine bark mulch preserves soil moisture, but also maintains the acidity of the soil as it breaks down.