Heather for hot summers

hilarycSeptember 3, 2012

Looking for an evergreen shrub to plant as a foundation in front of a row of karl foerster feather reed grasses & provide color. Area is south facing, full sun and gets about 2 months of 90+ dry heat. Just put in a drip line, so could adjust the amount of water. Wondering if heather would do ok here and if so, what variety (one of the calluna vulgaris'?)

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As long as adequate water can be provided, no reason at all you can't grow heather. Loves full sun and doesn't mind heat, especially the rather dry heat ID may generate :-) Just needs well-draining, acidic soil and adequate summer irrigation.

As to what variety, that's your choice! Any of the true heathers - Calluna vulgaris - will be interchangeable with regards to hardiness. Many will develop red or orange foliage color in winter and some will generate very brightly colored new growth in spring.

Here is a link that might be useful: Calluna vulgaris choices..........1000+

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