How many times do we buy a plant without carefully looking at the plant label first?! It’s totally understandable because we’re so excited about the plant we’ve just found! However, checking soil type is just as important as whether it likes sun or shade as some plants are just downright fussy. Some of the fussier ones only grow well in an acidic soil and are known as ericaceous plants or, more commonly, lime-hating plants.
If your soil is acidic, it’s worth noting that most acid loving plants are shallow rooted and will therefore dry out easily when it doesn’t rain for a long time. So, it’s very important to keep the soil or compost moist. Did you know that dry soil in the summer is one of the biggest causes of camellias not flowering in spring the following year?
Adding a thick layer of well-rotted organic matter like garden compost to moist soil will help stop roots drying out and keep your ericaceous beauties flowering.
So, for those of you with acidic soil here are my top 10 picks of a range of ericaceous plants for year round interest: