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I have a strip of soil 10ft x 8ft on communal land, as I live in a flat, I would like to plant heather/lavender or something like this that is attractive and doesnt need much upkeep, can I plant now at this time of year?



Yes, but remember there are two kinds of heather, the summer flowering Calluna, which needs acid soil, and the winter flowering Erica which is not so fussy. Lavender is happiest in a sunny well drained spot. Both heather and lavender should be lightly trimmed after flowering to keep them from going straggly. If you are wondering if your soil is acid have a look round the neighbourhood to see if there are many healthy looking rhododendrons, azaleas or camelias, which like acid. If most of the hydrangeas are blue this is also a good indicator. So if all the hydrangeas are pink do not plant summer flowering heathers.

17 Sep, 2011


Blimey, I havent a clue what the said plants are, Im not a gardening person, but I do like a nice garden :) I will google the said plants and see what they look like and take it from there, many thanks for your informative reply. :) x

18 Sep, 2011


Dig in lots of Grit and plant The lot in lavender. Bees will love a bed that size and it will keep itself until the end of August...Just get some shears and clip off the spent flower and half an inch of leaf. Job done.

Allow 2ft per plant.

18 Sep, 2011


Sorry Kitty - didn't mean to give you too much information. It might be a good idea for you to go to a nursery or garden centre and have a look round - don't be afraid to ask for advice and information as a good supplier will not want to sell you something that won't grow.

To start you off, hydrangeas are big bushes with large round heads of flowers in shades of blue, pink or occasionally white, and they are still in flower now, though getting a bit tatty. The rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias flower with very bright colours in the springtime.
But I wasn't suggesting you should plant any of those, just discover whether your soil is suitable for summer flowering heather. An easier way of finding out would be to take a jarful to the nursery and ask them to test it - easy enough, you just stick a probe in and read off the dial. Easier still, just stick with the winter heathers or the lavender. Dig up a bit of soil and see if its heavy and sticky or light and gritty, because as Pimpernel says, lavender does best in a light dryish soil.

18 Sep, 2011

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