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Heather for hot summers

Posted by hilaryc 6b, ID (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 3, 12 at 0:27

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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RE: Heather for hot summers

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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