I've read the leucothoe messages and no one has mentioned their "runners" - long stolons I hear can invade nearby garden beds. I have a bare spot in front of a white picket fence, beneath the high shade of a linden. My nursery suggested leucothoe but I don't want the kind with stolons and they did not comment on that. No book I have, and no data on Internet mentions this but my garden helper, very knowledgeable, says non-stoloniferous ones do exist.
I'm not happy about the foliage on this plant because it looks just like pieris, several big old ones are a big feature of my garden and bloom at the same time with a similar small white flower. One writer on this forum regards leucothoe as "back of the border" plants - in my location they would be prominent and I don't want them to look ratty.
Any suggestions about what I could plant there? I want something with a winter presence that can take shade. Previously in this location or nearby I had old rhodies that got leggy probably reaching for the sun.
If I am asking too much of one plant - winter interest, evergreen, different leaf and some kind of blossom, I'll just give up and plant box or evergreen and fill in with some hostas, which love me.