FLOWERING SHRUB. The various types all flower early — February to April — and the blooms make a striking contrast against the sombre foliage.japonica is the tallest (20 ft. and more), and has single and double blossom, white and red; alba is a single white; chandleri elegans, a bright double pink and imbricata rubra plena, a double deep carmine. All sorts are hardy and can be grown in the open in a sheltered , set in a mixture of loam, sand and peat. They make striking tub plants and flourish in a cold . Poor and irregular are to be particularly avoided, but they need no coddling and are all evergreen. Increase by of young shoots in July.