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Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

Hats off to Morrisons, I just bought 10 Gaultheria (wintergreen) in there for 10 pounds, I only went in for a newspaper!

Anyway the label says plant in full sun but an internet search says all sorts of different things - full sun, must be planted in shade, must be planted in full shade etc etc.

I don't want to kill them so can anyone tell me from their own experience what conditions they thrive best in as my google search has not been fruitful.


  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Luckily although I live on chalk downland my garden is actually acid clay. I sit in a pocket of clay near a river and my garden grows all the clay plants very well. I have azaleas and so on growing very happily so it should be ok.

  • NoraWNoraW Posts: 393

    My potted wintergreen is mostly shaded, but gets a quick blast of sun around midday. It's doing very well image

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Isn't it great when the experts can't agree image My garden is mostly shade and semi shade with one bed in the sun. I was thinking of putting it as a front of bed edging plant in the sunny bed and using pachysandra to edge the deep shade beds.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I totally agree, I've found a few of the plants that supposedly cannot be grown in shade have done really well there.

  • One of my current favourites, Gaultheria which is covered in bright red berries and flourishing in my soil which is acidic on the local sandy beds. What a good bargain you have Lou.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,748

    I have several of the prostrate ones - mostly in shade with a bit of late sun in summer. They're great little plants. Neutral clay soil here and they are perfectly happy. We do get a lot of rain but that doesn't affect them either, as the bed is full of grit/compost/manure so the soil is nice and friable. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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