Heather is a compact evergreen perennial that’s typically missed, nevertheless it deserves a spot in your backyard for its distinctive magnificence and hardiness.
It’s simple to develop, works with quite a lot of backyard types and is available in many various colours together with shades of pink, purple and white. The spikes of bell-shaped flowers appeal to tons of bees, too. Better of all, there are varieties that bloom in each season, together with winter. Heather even grows equally nicely in panorama beds or containers.
Heather has needle-like evergreen leaves which might be inexperienced or grey, however they’ll additionally flip yellow, orange, or bronze-y at completely different occasions of the yr, relying on the variability. They normally develop about 1 to 2 toes tall and extensive and make nice additions when clustered on slopes or planted alongside borders. They do not thoughts poor soil and tolerate salt spray, so you may plant them in coastal areas too. Nonetheless, heather doesn’t tolerate clay soil, so plant in raised beds or pots if in case you have heavy soil.
Here is what it’s essential learn about rising heather:
How do I look after heather?
Heather wants about 6 hours of full solar, and prefers afternoon shade in heat areas of the nation. An excessive amount of shade will make them lengthy and ugly. They have a tendency to do greatest in acidic soil, so if crops like conifers, azaleas and hydrangeas do nicely in your backyard, heather most likely will too. Be sure you select a heather selection that’s appropriate for surviving winters in your USDA hardiness zone (discover yours right here).
When planting, dig a gap about two to 3 occasions the dimensions of the container, then set the plant within the gap on the similar depth because it was within the pot. Water nicely for the primary few weeks to maintain it moist, not soggy. They’re drought tolerant as soon as established. Do not trouble fertilizing as a result of they really favor poor soil. To encourage bushiness, reduce calmly in spring earlier than buds set, or for winter-blooming sorts, after the flowers have light.
Does heather come again yearly?
Sure, it may be thought of a perennial in case you select a kind that fits your zone. Nonetheless, most varieties solely look good for just a few years. You may’t actually rejuvenate them by trimming like you may different perennials, so exchange them once they look scratchy.
Are heather and heather the identical plant?
These shrubby crops are sometimes confused with the same plant, heather. Each heather and heather are in the identical plant household (Ericaceae), however heather is within the genus Callunawhereas the cheer is in Erica kindred. The crops look remarkably related and require related care, though heathers are usually extra warmth tolerant (though they do not like humidity), whereas heather loves chilly climate.
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