acidic soil

Lupines like acidic soil and lots of drainage, so heavy clay soil just won’t do. These lupines are happily growing in hard-packed gravel.

How to grow lupines

Kat Fox

How to grow lupines. These plants are tall, colourful perennials.

‘Minuet’ mountain laurel (Photo from Park Seed)

Acid soil for mountain laurels

Judith Adam

Mountain laurel is an ericaceous plant like heather and rhododendron, and these all require acid soil. I wouldn’t want to alter the pH for more than a plant or two, but the showy flowers of mountain laurel are worth the additional maintenance effort.