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Enkianthus campanulatus is a slow-growing large shrub or small tree native to Japan. It produces clusters of bell-shaped flowers in spring and early summer, ranging from creamy white, to pink, to orange. In autumn, the dark-green foliage turns a variety of colors - shades of burgundy, red, orange and yellow.
Enkianthus is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 5 and grows best in sandy, well-drained soil. It is easy to propagate from either seed or softwood cuttings. When grown as a large shrub, it can reach a height of 5-10 feet, and up to 2-5 feet when grown as a smaller specimen.
Enkianthus grows best in full sun or semi-shade, and requires moderate water to thrive. It can be resistant to drought once established, however regular pruning is essential to prevent it from becoming overgrown and leggy.
It can be grown in USDA zones 9-11, and with the right maintenance and care, it produces delicate pink or white bell-shaped flowers in spring. When grown in a pot, make sure the pot is large enough to accommodate the root system, water regularly, and fertilize as needed.
Enkianthus campanulatus is a versatile and attractive shrub that adds both color and texture to any garden.
Erica arborea, native to Mediterranean and African regions, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is sometimes used for bonsai purposes. It will reach 5-10 feet in height when used as a shrub and 10-20 feet when grown as a tree. It requires full sun, moderate water, and well-drained soil to thrive. Its fragrant white or off-white flowers appear in mid-spring and are a delight to the sight. These flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and provide a beautiful addition to any garden.
For plant care and maintenance, this tree heath requires regular care in order to remain healthy. Foliar feeding with acidic fertilizers is recommended during late spring to early summer to encourage flower production. Pruning should be done during late spring and summer to maintain a desirable shape and size. You may also need to protect young plants from frost and cold temperatures.
For those living in USDA Zones 7- 9, Erica arborea is a wonderful addition to any landscape. However, for those with cooler climates, this plant does not necessarily tolerate temperatures below 30s F for long. If you live in a cold region, it is best to grow this shrub in a pot and bring it indoors during harsh winters or times of extreme cold. This will ensure your plant can survive with relative ease.
It grows to 2 m (6 ft 7 in), with tiny dark green leaves and large sprays of pink or white flowers. These small flowers are bell shaped, a common characteristic of plants in the Ericaceae family. The flowers also have pronounced dark anthers and a long white style that extend beyond the petals. The flower laden branches are popular when cut for decoration as well.
Not fully hardy, in frost-prone areas it requires some protection.
A spreading shrub with long curved tubular red, pink or white flowers with greenish lobes.
Erica x darleyensis, also known as Darley Heath, is a small evergreen shrub with a growth habit of 2-5 ft in full sun and regular water. Its attractive foliage and spectacular bell-shaped flowers in shades of pink, white, off-white, blue, lavender or purple are sure to draw in butterflies and hummingbirds alike.
This small evergreen shrub is very easy to grow and is conveniently suitable for any kind of soil. It is also low-maintenance, needing only occasional pruning and an ample amount of water to stay healthy. Furthermore, it has the added bonus of being able to smother weeds in the garden and make your pathways weed-free.
To grow, Erica x darleyensis should be planted in USDA Growing Zones 6-10. In cold regions, the best way to grow it is in a pot. During winter, it is recommended to cover plants in cold regions with mulch to protect them. Regular watering is necessary to ensure that the soils stay moist, especially during the warmer months.
Overall, Erica x darleyensis is an excellent choice for the garden and much easier to take care of compared to other heathers. Its prolific blooms in multiple colors and its hardiness make it a fantastic choice for almost any garden. It is also great for a low-maintenance garden that requires little input to stay healthy and beautiful.
Gaultheria myrsinoides, otherwise known as Cacalote, is a small, low-growing shrub that is native to Central America. It grows in full sun to semi-shade and requires regular watering in order to keep its glossy green leaves healthy and lush. This shrub blooms in late summer, producing clusters of small white to off-white bell-shaped flowers. The fruits of Cacalote come in a varied range of colors, from white to pink, red and even lilac.
As a groundcover and low-growing shrub, Cacalote typically reaches only 2 feet in height, making it an excellent choice for small gardens or courtyard settings. It is also easy to care for, needing only regular pruning and removal of dead leaves and flowers. This shrub is best suited to USDA zones 9-11, as it is mature and cold-hardy at least to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (or -1 degree Celsius) for a short amount of time.
Those who live in colder regions where Cacalote cannot be planted outside can enjoy this plant by growing it in a pot and bringing it indoors during colder months. When watering, ensure that the soil remains damp, especially during the flower-bearing season. When bringing it indoors, avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as that can scorch the leaves and reduce flowering. During the summer, placing the pot outdoors in a sheltered spot can help the plant to thrive and bear more flowers. Regular pruning is also necessary to control the size of the shrub and to encourage robust new growth.