How to Plant Heather Plants

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How to Plant Heather Plants
Heather is an excellent ground cover. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Heather is low-growing evergreen shrub that puts out small single or double flowers and needle-like leaves. The flowers range from white to pink, red and purple. It has the added benefit of being attractive to bees. Michigan State University says heather does well in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 6. Planting heather in your garden is a straightforward task.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Trowel

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  1. 1

    Choose a location that has full sun and slightly acidic soil. If you live in a colder area, choose a location that has some cover from the wind.

  2. 2

    Dig holes that allow the plants to sit deep in the soil. When the plants are placed in the holes, their lowest leaves should barely touch the ground.

  3. 3

    Plant the heather in clusters of five or more, with four plants per square yard. This produces a pleasantly dense appearance without crowding the plants.

  4. 4

    Place the heather plants into the soil and firm the soil around their bases. Water them thoroughly.

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