Each type of soil and climate accommodates a different plant palette. Heather earth plants are known to be grown in an acidic substrate.
Discover 8 heather earth plants that stand out for their remarkable flowering.
What is heather earth?
There is natural heather land in the Landes where the substrate is light, sandy, rich and acidic.
Pines and heather grow there, hence the name of this substrate. Commercially, this forest land is reconstituted by mixing crushed pine bark, sand, peat, compost, siliceous earth and crushed horn.
Where to plant heather earth species?
If your soil is naturally light and acidic then you can plant these species in the ground. In massive, isolated, in hedge ... These generous flowering and often persistent plants are a real asset to your garden.
If your soil is neutral, then all you need to do is add store-bought heather soil when planting. In limestone terrain, it will be necessary to bet on pots!
In any case, most of these plants do well in partial shade or even shade.
Rhododendron, azaleas, camellia: the winning trio
Do these three mean anything to you? And for good reason, these shrubs are often cited at the top of the list of heather earth plants. It's not for nothing that they are easily combined, their colors blend wonderfully!
All three feature varieties with evergreen leaves, often dark green, glossy and oval. On the flower side, it is a real festival unveiled over the seasons.
You are spoiled for choice for the color of the flowers that cover these decorative shrubs. These include the magnificent mauve flowers of Rhododendron impeditum, the intense pink of the azalea ‘Silver Queen’ and the elegant white bloom of Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’. This variety, like the Camellia ‘Fairy Wand’, lights up the garden in winter.
Heather earth trees
He is the star of spring, one of the first to bloom. The magnolia of course! The earliest flowering species is Magnolia stellata. It is aptly named with its star-shaped white flowers.
It is closely followed by the Magnolia soulangeana which delights us with these white flowers tinged with pink. Reaching 6m high, it also fits in small gardens!
In the tree section, let's take a look at the Japanese dogwood. This species thrives in acidic soil and has very original flowers. In fact, it is the bracts (= leaves accompanying the flower) that we take for the petals. Four in number perfectly distributed around the heart (= the true flower), they imitate a very graphic flowering. And decorative bracts, there is no shortage of heather earth plants! Just take a closer look at the handkerchief tree. Well-named, this acid-loving tree offers a shower of white bracts resembling hanging handkerchiefs, a real wonder!
Hydrangea from blue to pink
From June to September, the hydrangea offers its flowers in a ball, conical or spreading out. Revealing the nature of the soil, its flowering takes on a blue tint on contact with an acidic substrate. If it turns pink, the ground is limestone!
Easy to live with, hydrangeas quickly fill the bottom of a bed or a hedge. It sublimates the surroundings of an old house and goes just as well with the modern.
Rustic, this shrub requires a partially shaded exposure and a soil that remains cool. When planting, remember to soak the root ball in a basin of water. Every year in the spring, an addition of organic fertilizer is welcome.