Erica tetralix 'Con Underwood'

cross-leaved heath

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained acid soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to October
  • Flower colour: magenta
  • Other features: lance-shaped grey-green leaves
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Star-like whorls of magenta-pink flowers appear from July to October at the tips of the stems, which are clothed in lance-shaped grey-green leaves. This charming cross-leafed heath prefers an open, sunny location with freely draining acid soil. Compact and spreading in habit, it creates a marvellous tapestry effect planted in bold drifts alongside other varieties with contrasting foliage and flowers.

  • Garden care: During the growing season water regularly, applying a half-strength application of a balanced liquid fertiliser every four weeks. After the plant has flowered trim with shears or secateurs to remove the dead flowers and encourage bushy growth.

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  • Q:

    Plant advice for 2 new beds please

    Hello, I need some help to decide which plants to put into two new areas please:- 1: A semi-circle flash bed at the front of the house, size approx 2m x 0.80m and 0.80m deep. I thought about the 3 following options for a small tree/bush in the middle:- a) Magnolia soulangeana, but I was worried about the size that it could grow to and possible problems with roots etc . Will it stay small if the size of the container is used to restrict it? b) Witch Hazel (Hamamelis intermediana 'Diane'). Will it spread too much? I think this is very pretty. c) Corylus avellana 'contorta' Then I also need to think about ground cover plants to help suppress weeds. I am only interested in fully hardy, easy to look after plants, could be with some flowers or coloured leaves. 2:- A thin path between neighbours (approx 2m x 0.40). My idea is to plant bamboo. I would love a modern thin run of bamboo with ground cover. My worry is which bamboos to use. I love the yellow, like Phyllostychys aureocaulis (Golden Grove) but not sure if it is strong enough as it could be exposed to some wind. I bought from you a couple of years ago the Phyllostychys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' which I planted in pots but it died this year. I see on your website some other bamboos but I don't like them as much as their canes seems less exposed and have a lot more foliage. But possibly these would be a better alternative... ...? For the ground cover I as thinking of Ophiopogen nigrescen. Do you think these plants will be suitable, or have you any other suggestions? Thank you for your help, Galia
    Asked on 2/15/2010 by e moran

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    Winter flowering bedding plants for planters and window boxes

    Hi I need to order 30+ plants for planters and window boxes. They need to flower during the winter and be fairly hardy. Can you recommend 3 or 4 types please. They are to be planted in the school so not too expensive as pupils do have access to the areas! Pansies and Begonias have been suggested but I thought I would ask an expert! All suggestions gratefully received. Darren
    Asked on 8/18/2009 by Darren Maeers

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    • A:

      Hello Darren, The best options for winter colour are pansies, polyanthus, bellis and heathers. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor .

      Answered on 8/19/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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