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Ericaceous soil lovers?

debs64debs64 Posts: 4,904
hi all, because of my soil type I have to grow rhododendrons in pots. I have a small yellow one growing in a large pot, not huge, 50cm in diameter. 
It’s a sunny spot and rhododendron is doing well but I am wondering what else will grow with it? It’s obviously ericaceous soil. I just want a little trailing plant, or two, to brighten up the pot when the rhododendron is no longer in flower. Also to make it look less like “ this is a pot with a rhododendron in it” 
Hope you clever people can help. 


  • Lithospermum is low-growing, likes acid soil and spreads. Callunas (summer-flowering heathers) are another possibility.
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,904
    @Alan Clark2 in Liverpool I love lithospermum thanks for the suggestion. 
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,645
    I have acidic soil (I can blueberries in the ground). The only plants that I really can't persuade to grow are scabious and lavender. Pretty much all the other 'normal' garden plants are perfectly happy, so don't feel too restricted. What would you like to grow?
    “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” 
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,904
    @raisingirl I just wanted a few annuals to fill the pot but now thinking lithospermum would be ideal , the yellow rhododendron would work with the blue really well. 
  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 212
    You could also try glandora prostrata (sometimes known as lithodora prostrata) - evergreen with very pretty little blue flowers. It's a perennial but it does trail a bit.
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