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We've built an ericaceous raised bed for a Rhoddy and Pieris which have outgrown their pots. There's also a Camelia to go in. All are older plants inherited when we bought the house. My question is 'what acid-lovers have interest later in the year?' I'm on the RHS site but can't seem to narrow down a good flowerer for summer. Any ideas guys?


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561

    If you go to the Plant Selector feature on the RHS site you can search for summer interest plants that like ericaceous conditions.   783 suggestions came up.  Clearly I haven't looked at them all but roses, dahlias and sanguisorbias should make a start on giving you summer colour and on into autumn. 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,535

    Blueberries are lovely shrubs. There are dwarf ones. Pretty late spring flowers, fruiting now, lovely autumn colour image

    There are lots of plants that will be happy in acidic soil - you presumably don't have to restrict yourself to ones that ONLY grow in acidic soil. Just avoid the ones that need lime. 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Obelixx I am working my way thru that huge list. I agree tho not everything has to be acid loving just lime hating. This one I love tho: Tks guys good advice as always on here.

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,671

    Be a little careful.

    Some Rhodo's , Camellia, Pieris and Enkianthus can grow rather large.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561

    It's lovely but is this to be an entirely shrubby bed?  No herbaceous perennials or bulbs to extend the season and add interest in form and height?

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964

    Hydrangea , Clethra , Desfontainea , Crinodendron ; maybe one of the shrubby gentians ; all these can be kept to manageable proportions as well as being of some interest .

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Deciduous azaleas have lovely autumn colour.

    SW Scotland
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