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Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’


Unlike most heathers, this attractive, slightly trailing, evergreen shrub will tolerate some alkaline in the soil, so if you love the look of heathers but don’t have an acid soil, this plant makes a good choice.

The ideal situation for heathers is in a rock garden, where the soil is free draining. They will not tolerate being water-logged at all and do best in an open sunny site. After flowering, trim off the old flowers with shears and give a little dressing of compost to encourage more of the charming little flowers the following January. There’s also a pretty pink version available, ‘Springwood Pink’.

 

Photo (c) Kristian Peters at Wikimedia Commons. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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