Heathers are a fantastic, low-cost, low-maintenance, evergreen plant, most of which are idea for groundcover. They are also an excellent choice for winter containers and hanging baskets. With a careful selection of varieties, a garden can have heathers in flower almost year-round. They are excellent for attracting bees.
PLANTING: Heathers will grow in full sun or semi-shaded areas but as a rule, the more sun they get, the more flower they will have. Golden foliage varieties produce their best colour in full sun.
When planting, make a hole sufficiently large to enable you to mix 50% composted bark with the soil and plant so the base of the foliage just nestles on the soil. Water immediately after planting.
SOIL: Heathers need a humus-rich, well-drained soil. Summer and autumn flowering heathers must be grown in a LIME-FREE soil, (Calluna vulgaris, Daboecia cantabrica) whilst Winter flowering heathers are LIME TOLERANT(Erica carnea, Erica x darleyensis).
CARE: Heathers are very low maintenance plants. Immediately after flowering, trim off all dead flower heads to the base of the flower. Feed in Spring with an ericaceous (lime-free) plant food. Heathers also benefit from mulching each Spring with fine bark or an ericaceous compost.
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