Erica, also known as Heath plants, have pretty bell-shaped flowers in shades of red, orange, pink, lavender & white. Some varieties are shrubs while others are tall trees. If frosts are prevalent in your area, be sure to choose a European species. Besides using these trees as an ornamental, they are also cultivated for firewood and as a source of yellow dye.

How to grow Erica in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with very well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed and Yates Natures Way Organic Compost & Soil Improver. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Depending on the variety, Erica may prefer a more acidic or alkaline soil pH. To increase the soil pH (making it more alkaline) apply Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite. To reduce the soil pH (making it more acidic) apply Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur. Check the label to see which soil pH best suits the Erica variety chosen.

  • They do not need pruning, though to achieve best flowering and growth habit, they can be pruned annually after flowering. They prefer light pruning to encourage new growth and flowering.

  • For prolonged flowering best to prune them hard (for some heaths it will differ) early spring.

  • Erica hate wet feet, avoid planting in poorly draining soil as this can lead to root rot and possibly plant death.

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Beech Trees

Beech trees grow into large, handsome specimens. If you live on a large estate, it is worthwhile growing a couple of them.

Japanese Box

Japanese Box (Buxus microphylla var. japonica) is a dense evergreen shrub with bright-green glossy leaves. Ideal for topiary and hedges.


Abies (Fir Trees) are coniferous shrubs and trees with needle-like leaves and beautiful cones. Ideal as a feature plant in the garden or in pots.


Chamaecyparis, also known as False Cypress, are lovely versatile ornamental conifers that are often used for garden landscape designs.

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