Pieris japonica aka Lily of the valley shrub
Now that the gardening season is almost over, I'm looking at plants more closely. The Pieris japonica is forming its buds now and I thought the buds looked interesting in its own subtle way. The coloring is not bright but deep reddish purple/pink which contrast nicely with the green leaves.
We inherited a large plant which was overgrown and diseased. The leaves seem to have some kind of scale insect chewing on it and the dis-coloration was awful to look at. I pruned back most of the heavily damaged parts as well as thinning, shaping and fertilizing the plant. It has responded to the treatment quite well producing an adundance of flowers. The pink buds are of this plant. We've since bought a few more plants scattering them to fill the part sun empty spaces.
I believe it's also called false Andromeda.