Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Spring
Hardiness – Fully hardy to hardy
Kerria are deciduous shrubs with often lush-green or variegated, serrated foliage and graceful arching stems that display an array of stunning, solitary blooms that closely resemble the appearance of a rose. Kerria can be one the earliest and prettiest of spring features in your garden, displaying a prolific number of flowers atop a plinth of glorious bushy foliage. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within courtyard, cottage and informal garden settings. You should expect to see Kerria grow to an approximate height and spread of 1-1.5m (3-5’).
Kerria are best planted in well-drained soil of sand, clay, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are versatile plants and are happy to grow in a variety of conditions although you may wish to apply a layer of organic matter into the planting area to improve the overall drainage, especially if you have poorer soils. Dig a hole that is the appropriate depth and width of the root ball ensuring there is plenty of space for Kerria to spread out at it reaches maturity.
It is important to prune Kerria as it can look untidy if left unattended for too long. You may cut it as low as the new shoots or right down to the ground where it will continue to flourish either way. It is important to water Kerria when it becomes dry to the touch, taking care not to overwater, as they are intolerant to waterlogged conditions. Kerria do have a suckering habit and they should be removed when spotted.
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