Heather of the Month

Erica carnea 'Winter Snow'

Abundant white flowers; Feb - May; bright green foliage; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm A selected seedling from the deliberate cross between 'Springwood White' and 'Snow Queen' made by Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany), but named and introduced by the British Heather…

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Past Heathers of the Month

Erica x oldenburgensis ‘Ammerland’

Happy Christmas and New Year to all who love heathers. One to look out for in the new year, a very distinctive heather for spring. Soft pink flowers on axillary shoots in terminal whorls of 3–5; calyx with 4 unequal…

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Erica x darleyensis 'White Perfection'

Erica x darleyensis is a hybrid between winter heath (Erica carnea) and Irish heath (Erica erigena); the original was found in a nursery in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, in the late nineteenth century. Numerous seedlings have been raised in recent years…

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Calluna vulgaris ‘Angie’{Gardengirls®}

One of the many bud-flowering Calluna vulgaris found in garden centres at this time of the year. Since they never actually flower, the buds stay on the plant for several months. Bud-flowering Calluna make a welcome colourful addition to the…

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Calluna vulgaris ‘H. E. Beale’

Double shell-pink (H16) flowers in long tapering spikes; Aug-Nov; dark green foliage turning a drab green- brown in winter; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Very free flowering and can be often found in garden centres at this time of the year.…

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Erica mackayana ‘Susie's Blush’

Buds relatively long and narrow, slightly curved; corolla white at base flushed pale pink towards tip (deeper pink in bud); style tip dark red; anthers brown (darker than ‘Shining Light’). Flowers: (June) July–September in cultivation. Bushy heather which responds well…

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Erica terminalis 'Thelma Woolner'

Deep lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–X; dark green foliage; height 61–75cm; spread 46–60cm. Less reliable than the "type". Collected in Sardinia and named by the finder after his wife. Native in south-eastern Spain, Corsica, Italy including Sardinia and Morocco, and long-naturalized…

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Erica x stuartii ‘Irish Lemon’

Large mauve (H1/H2) flowers, V–IX; green foliage with brilliant lemon-yellow new growth in spring which persists until after flowering starts; neat rounded habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. Collected by David McClintock on the shores of Lough Nacung, County Donegal, Ireland.…

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Erica cinerea 'Ted Oliver'

Bi-coloured flowers purple bases and white mouths; deep green foliage; semi-erect; height 40cm. The reverse of the "normal" bi-colours in bell heathers. Collected in at Lettergesh, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, and named after Dr E. G. H. Oliver. An unusual…

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Erica australis 'Riverslea'

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, IV–VI; dark green foliage; height at least 1m; spread 75–100cm. Outstanding, but requires to be well pruned to avoid it becoming straggly. One of a group of larger taller heathers which are spectacular in spring as a…

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Erica x darleyensis 'Spring Surprise'

Selected seedling resulting from the breeding programme of Kurt Kramer in Edewecht-Siiddorf, Germany 1992, and introduced by Kingfisher Nursery, Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire, England, in 1994. Plant Breeders' Rights granted in Germany on 31 March 1995. This is a tetraploid and…

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Erica erigena ‘Ivory’

Flowers: small, to 4mm long, white at the base shading to pale pink at the lobes, with green-tipped sepals. End of style tinged red; II–III;  foliage dark green; habit broad compact; height 50cm; spread 50cm. This compact shrub with densely…

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Erica carnea 'Bell's Extra Special'

A recommended cultivar with unusual foliage. Bred by Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany) using 'Myretoun Ruby' as one of the parents. Named after the famous blended whisky, and marketed in Europe under the trade designation Whisky. Image courtesy of Sten-Börje Sörensson.

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Erica x darleyensis 'Kramers Rote'

A very popular plant to be found in many garden centres. Will brighten a dull winter flower bed. Magenta (H14) flowers, I–IV; dark bronze-green foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. A selected seedling from the deliberate cross by Kurt Kramer between…

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Calluna vulgaris 'Yvette's Silver'

A lovely silver grey foliage plant to enhance your heather bed at any time of the year. Lavender flowers in August to October; vigorous, upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Named after Yvette Knutson, a one-time employee of David Wilson…

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Erica manipuliflora ‘Swindon Surprise'

Flowers pale pink “with a hint of coral”; corolla translucent; sepals pearly white; anthers dark maroon; style strongly exserted; pedicels dusky red; VII/VIII-XI; Chance seedling before 2005, most probably from ‘Toothill Mustard’; found by R. Canovan in his garden. Registered…

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Erica vagans ‘Keira’

Deep rose-pink (H7) flowers, VIII–X; dark green foliage. Deliberately bred seedling raised by Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany). Selected and introduced by Forest Edge Nurseries; named by Miss Samantha Cordwell. Registered 10 January 2007 by David Edge, Forest Edge Nurseries, Woodlands,…

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Erica verticillata ‘Doctor Violet Gray’

Flowers light pink, tubular, 20mm, 3mm diameter; arranged in terminal 4-flowered, or occasionally 3-flowered, umbels, on very short lateral branches. Synflorescences neat, spike-like, each with up to 6 whorls of flowering branches, on strong, erect, main branches; terminal apex of…

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Erica terminalis

Flowers in terminal umbels; calyx with 4 free sepals; corolla 6–7mm long, urn-shaped, lilac-pink (H11); stamens 8, included; anthers with 2straight spurs; nectar produced; style-end capitate, about 4mm diameter, exserted: July - September, faded flowers russet in winter; mid-green foliage…

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Daboecia x scotica 'Golden Imp'

Golden leaves, turning greenish yellow in late summer, autumn and winter; some plants produce normal green branchlets. Hardy in the north of the Netherlands. Sport on 'Red Imp', flowering about 2 weeks later; found in Boomkwekerijen Bosch (Westerlee, Groningen, Netherlands)…

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Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold'

Hardier than some other clones. Collected in Serra da Estrela near Coimbra, Portugal, in 1972 by R. Zwijnenburg and introduced first in the Netherlands. Simailar to Erica arborea 'Albert's Gold', which featured earlier in the month, but with more profuse…

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Erica arborea 'Albert's Gold'

A sport from Erica arborea 'Alpina' propagated by Albert Turner in 1971(Birmingham, UK).

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Erica x veitchii ‘Gold Tips’

Erica x veitchii : Veitch's heath are a hybrid between tree heath (Erica arborea) and Portuguese heath (Erica lusitanica), represented in cultivation by at least five cultivars which vary in hardiness from zone 7 to zone 8. Veitch's heath can…

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Erica x darleyensis 'Phoebe'

Darley Dale heath. Evergreen, low-growing shrub with dark green foliage throughout the year. Flowers rose-pink. Habit compact, after 3 years to 15cm tall, 25cm across. Flowering period October-January in southern England, to April in southern Sweden. Photograph © Sten-Bõrje Sõrensson…

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Erica lusitanica

Evergreen shrub attaining 1-4.5m in height; young shoots hirsute with simple, smooth hairs. Leaves in whorls of 4 (sometimes in 3s), linear to 7-0.5mm, light to dark green. Inflorescences usually numerous and crowded towards ends of shoots, appearing to form…

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'Charnwood Pink'

Erica x arendsiana 'Charnwood Pink' Pale pink (lilac (H4) deepening to shell-pink (H16)) flowers; mid-green foliage; tall, erect habit. Blooms throughout autumn and winter into early spring. One of the clones from Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany), named after a borough in Loughborough, Leicestershire.…

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'Colleen Bawn'

A wild plant discovered at Lettergesh, County Galway, Ireland, and propagated by Susie and Alan Kay. Like all Calluna it requires lime-free acid soil.   Blooms from June to September with fragrant, "single" white flowers; anthers tan and style-end pink-tinged;…

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