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    How To Grow Heaths, Heathers and Dwarf Conifers

    Heaths and Heathers

    Heaths and heathers are very easy to grow, and require very little maintenance, which makes them perfect for the busy gardener. Although they do best in acid soils, most winter- and spring-flowering heaths will tolerate neutral or mildly alkaline soils (although they will not thrive on very chalky soils). Heathers are not lime tolerant and must be grown on acid soils. If you are uncertain about the nature of your soil, soil testing kits are readily and cheaply available online. Heaths and heathers are ideal for rock gardens, coastal gardens, on slopes, and are excellent ground cover plants. And if you do turn out to have alkaline soil, they do very well in containers filled with ericaceous compost. Heaths and heathers are also very attractive to bees and butterflies and provide a valuable source of nectar early in the year.

    Planting

    Heaths and heathers grow best in open, sunny situations, will well-drained soils that retain some moisture. Avoid planting under trees or in boggy areas. Heaths and heathers will tolerate some shade but will not flower as well. Golden-foliaged varieties will need full sun in order to maintain their colour. 

    Heaths and heathers have fine rots and may struggle with heavier soils to begin with, so add bark, compost or grit to open up heavy soils before planting. Sandy soils will benefit from the addition of loamy soil to hold in moisture. Plants may require some additional watering in summer after planting. And remember that if you are planting on a slope, it can dry out very quickly. 

    Plant in odd-numbered groups or as mixed single plants (we recommend 9 plants per square yard). 

    Cultivation

    Heaths and heathers can be fed sparingly with a general fertiliser in spring and early summer. Shear the plants immediately after the flowers fade. Don't leave it too long as the new flower buds form in the summer. An annual light shearing will produce bushier plants. If left unpruned for several years, heaths and heathers should not be cut back hard as they will not regrow from old wood. 

    Pests and Diseases

    Rabbits and deer may eat young shoots. Heaths and heathers are mostly disease-free although they may suffer from powdery mildew, root rot or rust.

    Growing in Containers

    Heaths and heathers do very well in containers filled with ericaceous compost. Remember to water them regularly: containers should not be allowed to dry out. 

     

    Dwarf Conifers

    Dwarf conifers are simply very slow-growing conifers that make less than six inches' growth per year. They are very easy to maintain, requiring little to no pruning (though prostrate junipers may require a light trim from time to time to stop them spreading too far). Most conifers are happy in any kind of moist, well-drained, fertile soil though some (Alberta Spruce 'Conica', Lawsons Cypress 'Ellwood's Gold') prefer acid to neutral conditions. Conifers are happy in full sun, and most will tolerate some shade. 

    Cultivation

    Dwarf conifers should be watered regularly but require little attention otherwise. Upright conifers should not need pruning. Prostrate conifers, junipers in particular, may occasionally require a light trim. Avoid cutting back too hard as conifers will not regenerate from old wood. Take care when handling plants as some conifers can cause skin irritation. 

    Pests and Diseases

    Dwarf conifers are susceptible to red spider mite and honey fungus, but for the most part are trouble-free.

    Growing in Containers

    Dwarf conifers will grow happily in suitably sized containers. Remember to water regularly. 

     


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    Alberta Spruce 'Conica'

    Alberta Spruce 'Conica'

    A lovely dwarf, conical hardy conifer with bright lime green foliage. Very pretty (and great as potted Christmas trees!) Slow growing.
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    Lawson's Cypress 'Broomhill Gold'

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    Hardy, evergreen conifer with lovely golden yellow-green foliage forming into a cone shape that reaches 6 feet tall in approximately 10 years. Very ornamental.
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    Lawson's Cypress 'Ellwood's Gold'

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    Hardy evergreen conifer that reaches a maximum of 12 feet tall. Grey-green foliage with yellow tips. Good for hedging or a focal point of your garden.
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    Lawson's Cypress 'Snow White'

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    A dwarf conifer that has grey-green foliage, new growth is white and looks like snow, grows in a conical shape. Very ornamental. Reaches 3 feet tall and is slow growing.
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    Pfitzer Juniper 'Old Gold'

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    A hardy, evergreen conifer with a low growing habit, making it excellent as ground cover or for a rockery. Fragrant golden-yellow foliage.
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    Picea glauca 'Sanders Blue'

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    A dwarf, hardy, evergreen blue spruce. Grows in a lovely conical shape with beautiful coloured needles. Why not grow your own all-year-round Christmas tree?
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    White Cedar 'Tiny Tim'

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    A hardy dwarf conifer, emerald green foliage and forms a ball shape no more than 3 feet tall. Perfect for rockeries, containers and borders.
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    Juniper 'Green Carpet'

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    Hardy evergreen. A delightful mat-forming conifer with scented foliage, green with a hint of blue. Makes an ideal ground cover or rockery plant.
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    Winter Heath 'Ann Sparkes'

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    Hardy, evergreen, delightful orange foliage heath with purple flowers. Good ground cover and easy to grow. Reaches 4" (15 cm) high.
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    Winter Heath 'Challenger'

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    Hardy, evergreen heath with dark green foliage and magenta pink flowers. Easy to grow and makes a stunning ground cover. Reaches 4-6" tall.
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    Winter Heath 'Darley Dale'

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    Hardy, evergreen heather with mid green foliage and pink flowers November to Aprilg. Reaches 18" (45cm) tall, spread of 36" (90cm).
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    Winter Heath 'December Red'

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    A hardy, evergreen heath, reaching 12" (30 cm) tall with stunning purplish pink flowers December to February. Great for ground cover, easy to grow.
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    Winter Heath 'Foxhollow'

    Winter Heath 'Foxhollow'

    Hardy, evergreen. Stunning golden foliage that darkens through the year with sparse pink flowers, lovely ground cover and easy to grow. Reaches 4-6" tall.
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    Winter Heath 'Golden Starlet'

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    Lime green winter foliage turns bright yellow in summer with stunning snowy white flowers from December to May. Reaches 4-6" tall with a spread of 12-18".
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    Winter Heath 'John Pook'

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    Hardy evergreen heath with white buds turning to pink-lilac flowers creating a bi-colour effect. Reaches 4-6" tall, prefers acidic soil in a sunny position.
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    Winter Heath 'Kramer's Red'

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    Great ground cover with magenta red flowers in winter and wpring with bronze green foliage. Quick to grow, reaches 14" (35 cm) tall by 24" (60 cm) wide.
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    Winter Heath 'Loughrigg'

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    Hardy evergreen dark green foliage heath with pink flowers that turn purpley pink as they age. Stunning ground cover that's easy to grow. Reaches 6" tall.
    Available from APPROXIMATELY mid July 2020
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    Alberta Spruce 'Conica'

    Alberta Spruce 'Conica'


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    Lawson's Cypress 'Broomhill Gold'


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    Lawson's Cypress 'Ellwood's Gold'


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    Lawson's Cypress 'Snow White'


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    Pfitzer Juniper 'Old Gold'


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    Picea glauca 'Sanders Blue'


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    White Cedar 'Tiny Tim'


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    Juniper 'Green Carpet'


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    Winter Heath 'Ann Sparkes'


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    Winter Heath 'Challenger'


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    Winter Heath 'Darley Dale'


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    Winter Heath 'December Red'


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    Winter Heath 'Foxhollow'

    Winter Heath 'Foxhollow'


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    Winter Heath 'Golden Starlet'


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    Winter Heath 'John Pook'


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    Winter Heath 'Kramer's Red'


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    Winter Heath 'Loughrigg'