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Handsome heathers.

kate123

By kate123

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I picked up a couple of good sized heathers last week from the supermarket. I had a couple of spots to fill in the garden. I’d struggled with heathers in the past due to their preference for ericaceous soil. I was inspired by Klahanie and her collection of heathers recently.
I’ve placed one in a relatively consistently damp area, and the other tends to be where rain water/hose water runs to – as the back garden is on a slight incline.
Fingers crossed they will thrive..

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They are pretty, Kate, and the bees will love them. I have some in pots as soil is alkaline here.

18 Oct, 2020

 

They're very nice, I hope they survive for you. Do they like damp soil ? I bought one recently ...

18 Oct, 2020

 

I do like Heathers...used to grow lots of them....many moons ago....hopefully they will do well for you....

18 Oct, 2020

 

I am happy I contributed to your decision to buy them.
They are not fussy plants . We have very dry summers and I only occasionally throw little bit of water on them. But they are now well established in the ground .
You got very pretty multicoloured species. Hope they will thrive for you Kate.

18 Oct, 2020

 

Look really nice Kate, don’t know if you read Karen’s blog on her site, but she has just wrote a blog with a bit about heathers in there, was really interesting

18 Oct, 2020

 

Very nice selection. I hope they do well for you.

19 Oct, 2020

 

They look very mature plants, Kate..I like their positioning by the mossy stone and ferns.

19 Oct, 2020

 

Good planting Kate, you have positioned them with thought, they combine well with the other foliage and surroundings and looks like a naturalistic setting, agree with kilarnie once they are established they tend to be tough as old grans boots, I like to mulch them with old composted pine needles and trim after flowering to keep them from going straggly and woody, and keeping them watered in their first year I find really helps with new heathers.

19 Oct, 2020

 

Thank you everyone, for all the lovely comments and very good advice too!
Klahanie and Julien, much appreciated - I’m taking all the information you’ve given regards heather plant care and implementing it. More to it than you’d think. I’ve tried to put them in areas that are a little moist most of the time as my soil isn’t acidic. Fingers crossed!
Thanks for the info re. Karen’s blog, Davey...I’ll be sure to pop on and have a read.
Thanks again to you all for the lovely replies. :-)

19 Oct, 2020

 

They look lovely Kate but I always thought they needed dry conditions.
Is Karen still on here then ?

20 Oct, 2020

 

I have two Heathers thriving in a South facing gravelled bed which is over tough Sussex clay. That contradicts just about all the conditions required! No idea how they keep going ... :o)

20 Oct, 2020

 

Not all heathers are equally demanding of ericaceous soil. I have several that have been happy for years in pH6.5 on a dry rockery but any less acid than that they wouldn't do very well. Good idea to check the various ones you are interested in on line before you buy.

20 Oct, 2020

 

Mine were buried in the first snow storm and I never saw them again but I love your pics.

21 Oct, 2020

 

Thanks everyone for the feedback, much appreciated!
I read that they generally need to be in acidic soil, preferably moist... and, tolerant of poor, rocky soil!!
I guess I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
Sounds like you have had unexpected experiences with them!

23 Oct, 2020

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