Leucothoe makes a great ground cover plant, growing thickly it helps to surpress weed growth and all Leucothoes are easy to grow and from from full sun to heavy shade, and in most all soils...although they dislike having their feet constantly wet.
Low growing, say 3-4' with a spread of same they make for a good 'middle of the shrub bed' plant, although when planting as a feature piece the colour can be appreciated more, especially if its surrounded by bright coloured foliages, such as Conifers, Godlen privet and the likes
The bright new red shoots which cover the plant in the spring are kept long into the summer, providing some nice bright foliage colour, the flowers in early spring are small, but nicely cented. Commonly you will find Scarletta as a variety for sale, but there are a number of other varieties which provide some super colour
This plant is a wonderful evergreen, with slender arching reddish
branches bearing glossy, lance-shaped leaves of burnished bronze-red, mottled
with cream and pink. In Spring, the stems are clothed in small cream flowers
that hang down from the arching branches creating an extra dimension to the
It is a perfect plant as a filler in the garden or as a feature on its own, we've seen it teamed up as a wonderful back drop to brightly coloured Midwinter Fire Dogwoods, which makes for a magnificent combination in the winter garden. If you have a troublesome shady area, this could also be the solution, as the are quite tolerant of shade and will even grow under trees with just a smaller amount of dappled light.
For interest on the Patio in the duller months, plant in generous containers and keep as a feature in their own right, or team up with contrasting lighter colour plants such as heathers or Skimmia Magic Marlot, or even ornamental Grasses such as Carex Evergold.
Easy to grow and excellent ground cover, these will provide colour from Autumn, well into spring. Leathery green to copper foliage in the summer followed by stunning claret purple/red tints in the winter. Dense, compact, bushy habit preferring a moist soil in partial shade. This is an ideal plant for container planting in winter, and it's also superb for ground cover when plant en-mass.