Ground covering plants are quite hard to find, but they are among the best looking in a garden having a great visual effect. Deutzia Nikko is one of the top ground covering plants on the market.
The name derives from the name of Johann van der Deutz who was a patron of famous botanists Carl Peter Thunberg (according to the Ohio State University). The cultivar name – Nikko comes from the Japanese city with the same name.
This dwarf rounded plant is ideal for small gardens, where the owner wants to show off a splendid array of flowers. It is a deciduous plant that belongs to the hydrangea family. It has won many horticultural awards in the USA, being the plant of choice for many professional landscape artists.
What Does Deutzia Nikko Need?
This flowering shrub has arching branches that are covered with pure white flowers from May to June. In fall, the lance shaped leaves turn in a nice and intense burgundy, that will pop up in your garden.
Nikko is a compact plant that is no more than 2 feet tall and has a spread of about 4 feet. It is a sun loving plant and it prefers medium or well drained soils. In the blooming period, be sure that the plant receives a lot of moisture. This will help it produce more flowers and for a longer period of time.
In the rest of the year make sure to water it well once a week. If you live in a rainy zone, there is no need to water it.
Are There Pest that can Kill it and What Type of Garden Do I need?
There are no serious pests that attack deutzia and it is deer resistant. It is prone to leaf spot and it is occasionally visited by aphids and leaf miners. But these insects will leave the plant alone on they own and will not overwhelm it.
It is perfect for salty or clay-based soils. This means that is adaptable to seashore conditions. If you have a front beach house, this will make a perfect plant for your garden. Hilly gardens are also a good home for Deutzia Nikko. It can help fix soil and prevent landslides.
It is easy to propagate by using softwood cuttings in summer. We are sure that your neighbors will come and ask for a few plants, when they will see how many flowers it produces.