Maybe we are just lucky devils, but we have had absolutely no trouble growing epacris in Wollongong and have even done a couple of transplants without trouble. They are also happy growing in pots. I can't recommend them enough as a local species for Illawarra gardens.
Perhaps the most distinctive epacris that grows in the Illawarra is Epacris longiflora, or fuchsia heath. Its beautiful long red and white flowers are prolific throughout winter and early spring, and the plant has long arching branches that twine up around other plants. It can be pruned to a more dense habit, but looks great spreading out among wattles and banksias as it does in its native habitat. Epacris longiflora grows naturally in a range of conditions but likes well-drained soils and regular watering. It normally grows in semi or even full shade but seems perfectly happy growing in full sun at our place, so long as it gets regular watering.
|Epacris longiflora - flowers prolifically for extended periods|
|Epacris microphylla - masses of small white flowers|
|Epacris impressa (Bega red form)|
Have you tried growing epacris?