Conditions for Growing Heather.
If you’ve decided to plant heather in your garden, study the conditions of your garden before doing this. As any other plant, it develops and blooms well, if favorable nature conditions are created for its comfortable growth. Heather grows well in poor acidic soils with moderate watering. The soils need to be exposed to enough sun light and drained. If heathers gain a dull look, some fertilizers need to be applied. The excess of nitrous fertilizers promotes the foliage growth to the detriment of plants blooming.
To create heather brushwood, choose a sunny place, protected from the cold winds.
The Design of Heather Brushwood.
It seems you have foreseen everything to plant these bright and unusual flowers. You have quite a big lawn or a slope for this purpose, where the heathers would be seen in the background of your house. However, it seems like you miss something in the design of heather brushwood. Heathers themselves are very beautiful and create bright glades, but this becomes boring over some time.
This is why it is better to combine heather plants with their other species, which differ from each other not only in blooming, but also in the foliage color. If you choose plants with different blooming terms, the color pictures will change during the season. To make your heathers breathtaking and let them represent a corner of wild nature, you need to add some elements of landscape design. Heathers grow mostly on the flat and indented waste ground.
They love ground across rocks or single trees. That is why when planting heathers, it’s desirable to plan the garden on some rocks in a form of a man-made scree. When planting a single tree, for example a juniper, then invariability of the picture is only emphasized once again. It’s better not to combine heathers with coniferous trees. If you want colors rampage, you can plant their good companions next to them rhododendrons or Japanese azaleas. You can combine the blooming terms of these plants and heathers. For example, first, azaleas or rhododendrons bloom and afterwards heathers.
You can select heathers of various height and they will bloom with an endless stream in your garden. This way heather brushwood will always be picturesque, despite changing seasons. Choose the color range for the heathers. Their coloring is so diverse, that a use of many colors will make your glade too plural. This isn’t appropriate in the landscape design. Other perennials which suit the heathers in growing conditions, can be planted on the border of heather brushwood. Why should you do it? You should do it to achieve a smooth transition, not contrasting with the rest of the garden, from heather brushwood to other garden areas.
Which Heather Species are Good for Such Planting?
To make your heathers look elegant, you may combine tall heather bushes with low heathers, covering soil. For example, plant a toll bush with white blossom and plural sprouts and choose low plants of pink or lilac color. This will be a classic combination of 3 colors: green, white and pink. Such design can be created with the help of these heathers.
Plant Pieris japonica Forest Flame.
These are evergreen shrubs up to 3,5 m tall and 1,8 m in diameter, unpretentious in care. Young sprouts and pink or red-colored leaves gain a cream color later. Mature leaves are dark green. They blossom with big white bell-flowers, gathered in large clusters. They prefer soils with acidities pH 4,5 and up to 7,5 quite watered, preferably sandy loam ones with some clay. Shrubs love the sun not less than 6 hours per day, preferably during the first part of the day. They should be grown in the zones 6-9. They tolerate all kinds of pruning and require moderate watering. You need to water them in case the soil layer is dry with the depth of 7″ (all the plants parts are poisonous.)
Calluna vulgaris Hammondii Rubrifolia suits evergreen bushes Pieris japonica Forest Flame in design and growing conditions. These are compact bushes 50-60 cm tall with dark green foliage and red tops of the sprouts. Heather blooms with rather small pinky-lilac flowers. To provide good blossoming, spring pruning is necessary.
Other color combinations of heather planting can be created using other species.
As a matter of fact, a great quantity of heather species allows choosing other variants, not less appealing. With this choice your garden will be individual and elegant.