The Q&A Archives: acid loving plants

Question: Which plants are acid loving ~ I would like to use our abundant pine needles as a weed control around those plants

Answer: Pine needles will make a good mulch material for nearly every plant in your garden. The most commonly planted acid-loving plants include
Azalea (Rhododendron)
Bayberry (Myrica)
Blueberry (Vaccinium)
Camellia (Camellia)
Clethra (Clethra)
Gardenia (Gardenia)
Heath/Heather (Erica, Calluna)
Holly (Ilex)
Hydrangea, bigleaf (H. macrophylla; for blue flowers)
Leucothoe (Leucothoe)
Magnolia (especially sweetbay: M. virginiana)
Mountainlaurel (Kalmia)
Pachysandra (Pachysandra)
Pine (Pinus)
Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
Junipers Juniperus
False Cypress Chamaecyparis
Dwarf Hemlocks Tsuga
Yews Taxus
Dwarf Spruce Picea
Mugho Pine Pinus mugo
Sweetbush Clethra
Dogwood Cornus
Winterberry Ilex verticillata
Mountain Laurel Kalmia
Serviceberry Amelanchier
Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla
Bog Rosemary Andromeda
Blueberries Vaccinium
Lupines Lupinus
Butterfly Weed Aesclepias
Turtlehead Chelone
Snakeroot Cimicifuga
Fringed Bleeding Heart Dicentra
Foxglove Digitalis
Gentian Gentiana
Primroses Primula
Trillium Trillium
Woodland Phlox Phlox stolon.
Virginia Bluebells Mertensia
Coral Bells Heuchera
Barrenwort Epimedium
Marsh Marigold Caltha
Lady Slipper Cypripedium
Hardy Ferns, most varieties
Winterberry Cornus canadensis
Wintergreen Gaultheria
Lilies of the Valley Convollaria
Bearberry Arctostaphylos
Wax Begonias
Calla Lilies

I would keep the pine needles away from lilacs (they like alkaline soils).

Best wishes with your garden!

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