Both Kanlow and Blackwell appear to be well adapted to acid soil
. In Exp.
Hydrangeas are happy to grow on alkaline and acid soils
, but their flower colour changes accordingly.
Blueberry bushes need lots of water and a sunny spot in very acid soil
. If you don't have it, grow them in large containers in ericaceous compost.
IS it essential to have an acid soil
to grow heathers?
The plants change colour according to the acidity of the soil they're in - in acid soil
expect blues, but if there's a hint of lime watch most of them turn through murky shades of mauve to pink.
Liriopes originate from eastern Asia where they thrive in acid soil
in woodlands - they are named for a woodland nymph from Greek mythology.
ADRIENNE SAYS: An acid soil
will make pink hydrangeas blue, although with some varieties the colours can look washed out if there is the slightest hint of chalk.
The lingonberry, which prefers acid soil
, is said to be excellent for making juice or jam.
If you have hydrangeas, the flowers will be blue on acid soil
but pink on neutral to alkaline soil.
So if you find you have acid soil
, then there are some really choice specimens to choose from.
Those with blue or pink flowers tend to be blue in acid soil
, mauve in acid to neutral soil, and pink in alkaline or limy conditions.
Carol: Make sure you have neutral to acid soil
. You can usually do a bit of detective work by looking at what grows in the neighbourhood.