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in my garden I have several flower beds composed of groups of acidophilic flowers such as azalea and camelie skimmia aceri cornus rhododendrons etc. The question I would like to ask you is this: can I introduce in these beds bushes like kerria hipericus potentilla abelia magnolia stellata veigelia spirea and others that are not bushes that need an acid soil ??? this is because when summer arrives apart from the rhododendron (perhaps because I have not planted it yet) we never have any bush that has a flowering from March / April until September. I thank you in advance and, waiting for your response, I greet you cordially. Laura
Acid soil: Answer: soil
as you well know there are plants that love soils with low ph, called acidophilic; then there are plants that love particularly basic soils; however, there are many plants to which the pH of the soil is completely indifferent, and therefore develop without problems in acid or basic soil, without any problem.
Among the plants that you indicate, for example, the magnolia stellata is a shrub that prefers acid soils to very basic or calcareous ones, so it should look good in the flowerbed next to the azaleas; instead the potentilla hates acid and peat terrei, and above all it prefers a stony and not too agnate substratum, therefore the fresh, damp and acid soil of the azaleas would reduce it at the end of life.
Weigelia and spirea also prefer alkaline soils, and even these shrubs love a very well drained soil, which dries perfectly between two waterings, so they are not suitable for soil for acidophilic plants.
The hypericum is a ground cover or small shrub that instead develops everywhere, and has no particular needs as regards the soil, whether acidic or alkaline, the hypericum develops the same, and in a rich and luxuriant way.
The abelia does not have particular needs as regards the soil pH, but it needs a well-drained and deep growing substrate, which tends not to remain excessively wet, as well as the kerria.
Even many clematis seem to develop best in any fertile and fresh soil, regardless of the ph.
Since his garden has been prepared to accommodate only plants that love an acid soil, I advise you to look for among these plants those that have a more prolonged flowering; for example, hydrangeas will produce large inflorescences throughout the summer until autumn, and almost certainly will be sky blue; the pieris in addition to the small white flowers, also have the leaves of the buds of red or orange, and are very decorative even when they are not in bloom.
Also the leucothoe is a typical plant for gardens with acid soil, it has an inconspicuous flowering, but on the other hand in the nursery we find many varieties with variegated foliage, which gives a touch of color even to the corner without flowers or dark, even in August .
There are also many bulbous plants that like a slightly acid soil, or that do not care about the pH of the substrate, and therefore you can safely place them in the sunniest area of the garden, such as some species of lilies.