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Heaths / Heathers

Dai Pajero:  Ericas seem to be divided into two subsections; Heathers and heathers. Somehow, I've never felt that heathers looked right to me inasmuch as they don't really resemble any plant if you scale them up. I know that shouldn't bother me, but it does.

Erica x Darleyensis "Kramers Red"

posted 21 Feb 2010, 05:47 by Flatland Cheeseminer   [ updated 21 Feb 2010, 05:56 ]

Cheseminer:  We've got chalky/sandy soil which is generally fatal to heathers.  In a raised section I've planted a few in some non-peat but acidic compost.  Only one or two have survived, and this one has done particularly well.
It's described as a "Hardy Heath" as opposed to a heather, and, although the planting instructions say 'incorporate moist peat', it also says "Suitable for all soil types".

Erica Arborea "Alberts Gold"

posted 20 Feb 2010, 10:19 by David Turner   [ updated 21 Feb 2010, 05:46 by Flatland Cheeseminer ]

Today, in a garden centre in the Peak District, I found Erica Arborea. This one is called 'Albert's Gold but I presume there will be others of a more mid green colouration. Like all ericas it prefers an acid or at least lime-free well draining soil. It can grow up to 34 inches in 5 years but is very tolerant of pruning and I think that in a soil slightly less to its taste it may be slower growing.

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