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How to tell what type of soil you have – The 6 types determine what you can plant in them


Sandy soils can sometimes be quite acid and will only be a good host to specific plants.

Kate said you can plant Heather, Rhododendrons, Camellias and Acers in acidic or sandy soils and they will thrive.

She said: “Otherwise, you could plant Silver Birch, Ornamental cherries, Eucalyptus, Holly, Juniper, pine trees, hardy Fuchsia, crocosmia and euphorbia.”

If you don’t have the right soil for the plant or tree you want to grow in your garden, there’s an easy hack to get around this.

Kate said: “If you want to plant a specific tree or plant but don’t have the right soil for it, you can always plant them in containers with their needed compost.

“For example, if you have chalky soil and you want rhododendrons then you will have to plant them in containers filled with a special compost such as Miracle-Gro Azalea, Camellia and Rhododendron compost.

“Whereas if you want a Mediterranean garden and you have heavy clay soil then planting in containers with a free-draining compost is what you will need.

“Never forget, work with what you have, and you and your plants will be happy! It’s all about the right plant and the right place.”


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