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Species: Erica carnea:-

 

"Erica carnea : winter heath, mountain heath - synonym: Erica herbacea
Low shrub to 0.3m tall, branches creeping, often rooting. Leaves in whorls of 4, to 8mm long. Flowers 2–3 in axillary clusters on short side-shoots; calyx 4-lobed, waxy, thicker in texture than corolla, coloured (usually similar to that of corolla); corolla lavender-mauve to pink, often becoming darker with age, or white, to 9mm long, ovoid-tubular; stamens 8, emergent; anthers without spurs; style-end not enlarged; nectar profuse.
Blooms in late winter and spring.
Low-growing heath from the alpine regions of Europe. The flowering times of cultivars of Erica carnea vary markedly, plants in milder climates being as much as two months earlier than those in colder conditions. Generally, they can be expected to show flower for 6-8 weeks. Winter heath tolerates lime and a little shade and, with a few exceptions, rarely requires pruning. It is one of the hardiest of all heaths, suitable for hardiness zone 4.
Care must be taken when pruning Erica carnea because buds for the next year's flowers form as early as July. It is safest to prune immediately after the flowers have faded. Prune around the edges and very lightly over the top of the plant.

Closely related to Irish heath (Erica erigena).

  • Erica carnea f. alba : corolla pure white.
  • Erica carnea f. aureifolia : foliage golden or yellow.
  • Erica carnea f. carnea : corolla various shades of pink, not pure white. " from The Heather Society.

 

"One of the hardiest of all heaths and very easy to grow in almost any soil. All exhibit a dwarf carpeting habit and with few exceptions, rarely require pruning. Care must be taken when pruning as Erica carnea buds as early as July. It is safer to prune immediately after the flowers have faded. Prune around the edges and very lightly over the top of the plant.
The flowering times of Erica carnea vary markedly, plants in milder climates being as much as 2 months earlier than those in colder conditions. Generally they can be expected to show flower for 6-8 weeks within the time span stated." from The Handy Guide to Heathers by David and Anne Small.

 

"Prep the soil. Heaths and heathers are acid lovers, preferring a soil pH of 4.5-5.5. Although some heaths are more tolerant of alkaline soil, particularly Irish heath (Erica erigena), most types will struggle. Work in damp peat moss or other acidic soil amendments, particularly if your soil is pH neutral (6.5-7.5). Till or loosen the soil and dig holes twice as wide as each plant's root ball to encourage roots to spread.
Provide drainage. Without good drainage, these plants just won't grow. For clay soil (which provides neither the right pH nor proper drainage), build a raised bed with equal parts topsoil, sand, and composted bark or peat moss, which will create acidic soil that properly drains. For boggy soil (which may be the right pH but too wet), make a modest
berm." from Better Homes and Gardens in America.

 

"Erica carnea is one of the hardiest of heathers.  Provides good winter color with its long blooming season.  Established plants need little care.  When spaced properly, they form a carpet for a good ground cover.  Plants can be sheared lightly after flowers fade but not any later as flower buds are formed during the summer.  Annual light shearing, especially while plants are young, makes for a bushier plant that does not form a bare, woody center with age.  Most carneas are prostrate in habit and grow quickly.  These are excellent for rock gardens, slopes and drifts of much needed winter color.  New tip growth is often cream colored.  Erica carnea are some of the easiest heathers to grow and thrive in almost any soil.  Any winter damaged stems can be pruned in spring.  Grows in Zone 3 if good snow cover but won’t catch much blooming under the snow.
Hardy to Zone 4  (-30 degrees) with protection and warmer." from Heaths and Heathers.

 

Heather Evergreen Shrub Cultivar or Hybrid Name
with link to its Description Page

Erica carnea
f carnea
'Adrienne Duncan'

Erica carnea
f aureifolia
'Aztec Gold'

Erica carnea
'Ann Sparkes'

Erica carnea
'Margery Frearson'

Erica carnea
'Alan Coates'

Erica carnea
'James Backhouse'
in this Gallery
and
in the Erica carnea Gallery

Erica carnea
'C. J. Backhouse'

 

 

Flower Bud

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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Flower Bud Stalk

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October 2014

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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Flower and Flower Colour
with link to its
Flower Colour Page

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Heliotrope - H12

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Shell Pink - H16
flowers darken to
Heliotrope - H12

Photo from
January 2015
with Photos of the Heliotrope flowers below from March 2015

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Rose Pink - H7 flowers darken to
Heliotrope - H12

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February 2015

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Lilac-Pink - H11

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January 2015

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Heliotrope - H12

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January 2015

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Lavender - H3

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January 2015

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Lavender - H3

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January 2015

 

 

Flower Stalk

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January 2015

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February 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

 

 

Flowers

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January 2015

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February 2015

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Photo of Flowers from
January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

 

 

Seed

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Seedhead

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Flowering Months with link to its Flowering Month Page

January,
February,
March,
April

January,
February,
March,
April

February,
March,
April,
May

January,
February,
March

February,
March

March,
April

March,
April

 

 

Height x Spread in inches (cms) (1 inch = 2.5 cms, 12" = 1 foot = 30 cms)
and Comment

6 x 14 (15 x 35)

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, I–IV; dark green foliage with a tinge of bronze hue; vigorous; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Has a longer flowering period than ‘Vivellii’ which it resembles. Seedling found at Blairgowrie (Perthshire, Scotland) by Jack Stitt and named after Lady Duncan of Jordanstoun.

Recommended by
The Heather Society

8 x 14 (20 x 35)

Shell-pink (H16) flowers darken to heliotrope (H12), I–IV; golden yellow foliage in summer, turning deep gold with orange and bronze tints in winter; bushy compact habit; height 20cm; spread 35cm.

6 x 10 (15 x 25)

The flowers, February-May, open Rose Pink - H7 and darken to Heliotrope - H12. The orange foliage turns crimson under cold stress with bronze tips during the rest of the year. Distinctive. Recommended by the Heather Society.

6 x 18 (15 x 45)

Lilac-Pink (H11) flowers, January-March, with green foliage in summer turning a yellow-bronze in winter.

6 x 12 (15 x 30)

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, February-March, with dark green foliage

6 x 16 (15 x 40)

Lavender (H3) flowers, March-April, with Mid Green Foliage. Loose straggly habit.

6 x 12 (15 x 30)

Pale Lavender (H3) flowers, March-April, with mid green foliage. Moderate spreader.

 

Fol-iage Stalk Col-our

Spring
with link to its
Spring Foliage Colour Page

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Dark Green foliage with a tinge of bronze hue

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Golden yellow foliage in summer, turning deep gold with orange and bronze tints in winter

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Summer with link to its
Summer Foliage Colour Page

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Dark Green foliage with a tinge of bronze hue

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July 2013

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Golden yellow foliage in summer, turning deep gold with orange and bronze tints in winter

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Autumn with link to its
Autumn Foliage Colour Page

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Dark Green foliage with a tinge of bronze hue

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Golden yellow foliage in summer, turning deep gold with orange and bronze tints in winter

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October 2014

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Winter
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Winter Foliage Colour Page

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Dark Green foliage with a tinge of bronze hue

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Golden yellow foliage in summer, turning deep gold with orange and bronze tints in winter

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January 2015

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Orange foliage turned Crimson foliage under cold stress

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February 2015

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Green foliage in summer turning a yellow-bronze in winter.

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January 2015

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Dark Green foliage

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January 2015

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Mid Green foliage

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January 2015

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Mid Green foliage

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January 2015

 

Form dis-plays Over-all Fol-iage Col-our

Spring form
with link to supplier in the UK.

Email John Hall Plants for availability of more than 1000 heather cultivars or see further nursery list below.

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Forest Edge Nurseries - a wholesale business

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Highland Heathers and
Burncoose Nurseries

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Triscombe Nurseries

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Summer form with link to supplier in Europe

Heather's Heide online shop from Holland is closed on Sunday

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Heather's Heide

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July 2013

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide and
Esveld

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Autumn form with link to supplier in USA

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Heaths and Heathers

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October 2014

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Heaths and Heathers

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October 2014

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Heaths and Heathers

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Heaths and Heathers

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Heaths and Heathers

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Heaths and Heathers

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Winter form
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January 2015

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Bunchberry Nurseries

Photo of form of flowers with orange foliage turned crimson in the cold from
February 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

 

 

Flower

 

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Shell Pink - H16
flowers darken to
Heliotrope - H12

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March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Stalk

 

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March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form

 

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March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Anyone during the summer months, who has walked over the moor lands throughout the British Isles will appreciate the magnificent mass of colour provided by Heathers. Heathers are native to not only the British Isles, but also much of mainland Europe to northern Italy and as far north as Iceland. Due to seed of our native Calluna vulgaris (Scotch Heather) being accidentally introduced on packaging materials, it has also become naturalised in parts of Nova Scotia and Eastern Canada.

We had better point out that there are more heather species (Erica) in South Africa than anywhere else in the world. Many of these have been introduced and sold as pot grown house plants, which if after flowering they are planted out in the garden, then they will die during the winter months. So do make sure the heather you are purchasing is hardy enough to be grown outdoors in the garden.

Most of the heathers require a fertile, moist, but not waterlogged, acid soil. By incorporating plenty of composted bark, or peat, we grow them quite successfully in a sandy loam of Ph6.5, which is almost neutral. If you garden on soils with a high lime content, it is better to create beds raised 15/20cm above your normal soil level and infill this with half and half JI 3 compost and composted bark, or peat. Heathers can also be grown in tubs, or troughs, but Calluna’s and Erica cinerea hate hot feet, but both species like an open sunny site and will not produce so many flowers if grown in dense shade. The winter flowering heather, Erica carnea, is a mountain plant consequently it will tolerate drier soils and warmer sites and will grow in fertile soils of PH7 with less bark, or peat being used.

FLOWERING TIMES
Erica carnea is a superb winter flowering, dwarf evergreen shrub. Over 130 named forms have been introduced varying in size, foliage and flower colour. Flowering time is usually from December to March when there is little else in flower.

Erica erigena is a strong growing shrub, which will attain between 75 cm and 2 metres and flowers during April and May. It has sported a number of foliage and flower cultivars, but they will not tolerate wet feet and exposed sites, but the hybrids between this species and Erica carnea are named Erica x darleyensis and these - although almost as tough as Erica carnea - are much stronger growers growing between 45 and 70cms in height. The x darleyensis cultivars produce flowers from white through to dark amethyst - all flower from December to May.

The tree heather, Erica arborea forms a small tree in Southern Europe where its roots are used to make briar pipes, but it is very tender. However, the variety alpina has been growing in our nursery showground for many years where - if left to its own devices - would attain 2-3 metres in height. It is massed with honey scented white flowers in April-May.

Erica cinerea is a superb low growing shrub which, according to cultivar, is massed with flowers of varying colours from June to September. Daboecia cantabrica also flowers at this time with attractive urn shaped flowers. The sub species scotica is lower growing and freer flowering.

Although there is only one species in Calluna vulgaris; over 600 named cultivars have been introduced, varying from dwarfs of 7cms to those which attain 60cms and with foliage of green, silver, or yellow. The flowers also vary from white to beetroot-red and appear from late June to September. Erica vagans, the Cornish Heath brings the season to a close; its stiff, upright branches produce masses of white, lavender, or pink flowers in September-October.

PRUNING
All of the summer flowering heathers can be pruned after flowering, or the brown seed heads left on until April. Erica arborea alpina and the x darleyensis hybrids can if room allows, be left to their own devices. If room is restricted they can be pruned over as soon as their flowers have faded.

" from Goscote Nurseries.

 

Heather Evergreen Shrub Cultivar or Hybrid Name
with link to its Description Page

Erica carnea
'Atrorubra'

Erica carnea
'Christine Fletcher'

Erica carnea
'Clare Wilkinson'

Erica carnea
'David's Seedling'

Erica carnea
'Early Red'

Erica carnea
f. aureifolia
'Foxhollow'

Erica carnea
'Gelber Findling'

 

 

Flower Bud

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January 2015

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Photo of Juvenile Buds from
November 2014

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Photo of Flower Buds from
October 2014

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Photo of Flower Buds from
27 February 2015

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2 January 2015

 

 

Flower Bud Stalk

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February 2015

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January 2015

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Photo of Maturing Buds from
October 2014

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Photo of Flower Buds and Flowers on the same stalk from
October 2014

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Photo of Flower Buds on a stalk from
October 2014

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Photo of Flower Buds on stalks from
27 February 2015

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Photo of flower buds and flowers from
2 January 2015

 

 

Flower and Flower Colour
with link to its
Flower Colour Page

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Deep Pink - H8

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February 2015
 

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Open Shell Pink - H16 and darken through the season to Heliotrope - H12

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February 2015

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Shell Pink - H16

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January 2015

See below for change of flower colour in April

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Open Pink - H8 and darken to Heliotrope - H12 with time

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January 2015

See below for darkened flower colour with time with its photo taken on the same day

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Pale Lilac Pink - H11

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January 2015

See below for change of flower colour in April

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Heliotrope - H12 to Shell Pink - H16 flowers, depending on ther exposure to the sun

Photo from
14 March 2015

See below for other flower colour

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Pink - H8

Photo from
14 March 2015

See below for change from Lilac Pink flower colour in January to Pink of March

 

 

Flower Stalk

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February 2015
 

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February 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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January 2015

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14 March 2015

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14 March 2015

 

 

Flowers

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February 2015
 

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January 2015

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Photo of flowers and buds with dead pine needles from
January 2015

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January 2015

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Photo of the different colours of these flowers with dead pine needles and dead deciduous tree leaves from
14 March 2015

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14 March 2015

 

 

Seed

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Seedhead

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Flowering Months

January,
February,
March,
April,
May

March,
April

January,
February,
March,
April,
May

December,
January
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February,
March,
April,
May

October,
November,
December
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January
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February,
March

January,
February,
March,
April

January,
February,
March

 

 

Height x Spread in inches (cms) (1 inch = 2.5 cms, 12" = 1 foot = 30 cms)
and Comment

6 x 16 (15 x 40)

Deep Pink (H8) flowers, January-May, with mid green foliage.

6 x 22 (15 x 55)

The flowers, March-April, open Shell Pink (H16) and darken through the season to Heliotrope (H12). Dark Green foliage. Moderate spreader.

6 x 14 (15 x 35)

Long racemes of Shell Pink (H16) flowers, January-May, with mid green foliage. Free flowering. Vigorous trailing habit.

6 x 20 (15 x 50)

The flowers, December-May, open Pink (H8) and darken to Heliotrope (H12) with time. Mid green foliage. A good floriferous cultivar.

6 x 16 (15 x 40)

Pale Lilac Pink (H11) flowers, October-March, with dark green foliage. Spreading habit.

6 x 16 (15 x 40)

Heliotrope (H12) to Shell Pink (H16) flowers, depending on the exposure to the sun, January-April, with yellow foliage tipped bronze for most of the year, which deepens to orange/red in very cold weather. Sparse flowers but outstanding foliage. Heather Society recommended.

6 x 10 (10-15 x 21-25)

Pink (H8) Flowers, January-March, orange-green foliage and shoots tipped yellow in summer, compact, height 10-15cm, spread 21-25cm in habit similar to 'Lesley Sparkes', which has greener foliage. Chance seedling found in his garden by Fritz Kircher (Hamburg, Germany)

 

Fol-iage Stalk Col-our

Spring
with link to its
Spring Foliage Colour Page

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Mid Green

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Mid Green

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April 2015

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Dark Green

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April 2015

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Yellow

Yellow foliage tipped bronze for most of the year, which deepens to orange/red in very cold weather. See yellow foliage below.
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14 March 2015

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Orange-green foliage and shoots tipped yellow in summer

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14 March 2015

 

Summer with link to its
Summer Foliage Colour Page

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Mid Green

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Mid Green

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Orange-green foliage and shoots tipped yellow in summer

 

Autumn with link to its
Autumn Foliage Colour Page

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Mid Green

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Mid Green

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Mid Green

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October 2014

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Orange-green foliage and shoots tipped yellow in summer

 

Winter
with link to its
Winter Foliage Colour Page

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Mid Green

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February 2015
 

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Dark Green

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January 2015

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Mid Green

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January 2015

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Mid Green

Photo from
January 2015

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Dark Green

Photo from
January 2015

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Orange/Red

Yellow foliage tipped bronze for most of the year, which deepens to orange/red in very cold weather

Photo from
27 February 2015

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Orange-green foliage and shoots tipped yellow in summer

Photo from
2 January 2015

 

Form dis-plays Over-all Fol-iage Col-our

Spring form
with link to supplier in the UK.

Email John Hall Plants for availability of more than 1000 heather cultivars or see further nursery list above.

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Photo of form from
 

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Photo of form with flowers from
April 2015

See below for change of flower colour in April from January 2015

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Photo

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Email John Hall Plants for availability

Photo of form with flowers and dead deciduous tree leaves from
April 2015

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Highland Heathers or
Email John Hall Plants for availability

Photo of form with flowers and dead deciduous tree leaves and dead pine needles from
14 March 2015

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Email John Hall Plants for availability

Photo of form with flowers and dead deciduous tree leaves from
14 March 2015

 

Summer form with link to supplier in Europe

Heather's Heide online shop from Holland is closed on Sunday

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide

Photo of form from

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Heather's Heide

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Heather's Heide

 

Autumn form with link to supplier in USA

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Heaths and Heathers

Photo of form from
 

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Heaths and Heathers

Photo of form from

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Heaths and Heathers

Photo of form with flower buds from
November 2014

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Heaths and Heathers

Photo of form with flower buds from
October 2014

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Heaths and Heathers

Photo of form with flower buds from
October 2014

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Heaths and Heathers

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Winter form
with link to supplier in Canada

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Photo of form with flowers from
February 2015

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Photo of form with flowers from
February 2015

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Photo of form with flower buds and flowers from
January 2015

See above and below for change of flower colour in April 2015

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Photo of form with flower buds and flowers from
January 2015

Ericacarneaearlyredforwingarnonswilliams

Photo of form with flower buds and flowers from
January 2015

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Bunchberry Nurseries

Photo of form with flowers, dead deciduous tree leaves and dead pine needles from
27 February 2015

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Photo of form with flower buds and flowers, with dead deciduous tree leaves from
2 January 2015

 

 

Flower

 

 

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Photo of flower from
April 2015

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Open Pink - H8 and darken to Heliotrope - H12 with time

Photo from
January 2015

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The Pale Lilac Pink - H11 flower colour has changed to this colour in April 2015

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Photo of flower from
27 February 2015

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Photo of Lilac Pink flower from
2 January 2015

 

 

Flower Stalk

 

 

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Photo of flower stalk from
April 2015

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Photo of flower stalk from
January 2015

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Photo of flower stalk from
April 2015

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Photo of Yellow foliage tipped bronze for most of the year, which deepens to orange/red in very cold weather from
25 April 2015

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Photo of flower stalk from
2 January 2015

 

 

Form

 

 

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Photo of form with flowers from same clump as in January but this photo was taken in April

 

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Photo of form with flowers from different clump as in January but this photo was taken in April

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Photo of form with flower buds, flowers and dead deciduous tree leaves from
2 January 2015

 

Depending on which heather species you choose with their 1 from the official 18 heather colours in the top menu, you can have flowers throughout the year, which is very useful for their pollination by bees.

Click on the 1 in the Colour Wheel below to link to those thumbnails in their Comparison Gallery - with their index of those bee-pollinated plants in addition to heathers of that flower colour in that month -
to compare their blooms:-

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"RHS Plants for Pollinators
There are lots of ways to make your garden as perfect for pollinators as possible with the RHS
We have compiled two downloadable plant lists to help gardeners identify plants that will provide nectar and pollen for bees and many other types of pollinating insects:
 

How to attract and support pollinating insects

  • Aim to have plants that are attractive to pollinating insects in flower from early spring to late autumn.
  • Grow garden plants with flowers that attract pollinating insects.
  • Avoid plants with double or multi-petalled flowers. Such flowers may lack nectar and pollen, or insects may have difficulty in gaining access.
  • Never use pesticides on plants when they are in flower.
  • Where appropriate, British wildflowers can be an attractive addition to planting schemes and may help support a wider range of pollinating insects.
  • Observe the plants in your garden. If you know of plants with blooms that regularly attract insects, let us know.
  • Encourage bees by keeping honeybees yourself or allowing a beekeeper to place hives in your garden. Nest boxes containing cardboard tubes or hollow plant stems, or holes drilled in blocks of wood will provide nest sites for some species of solitary bees. Such nests are available from garden centres or you can make your own (holes/tubes should be in a mixture of sizes with a diameter of 2 - 8mm / (0.08 - 0.32 in))." from the RHS.

Ivydene Horticultural Services logo with I design, construct and maintain private gardens. I also advise and teach you in your own garden. 01634 389677

 

Site design and content copyright ©December 2014. Index Page for each Comparison Page of Heather Comparison Gallery created in this Gallery in December 2014. Chris Garnons-Williams.

DISCLAIMER: Links to external sites are provided as a courtesy to visitors. Ivydene Horticultural Services are not responsible for the content and/or quality of external web sites linked from this site.
It is possible that the carrier pigeon used in the original link may have died and thus that link currently may no longer be functional. 

Some heathers besides having flowers have foliage colours that change from 1 season to the next season in the UK -

  • Spring (March, April, May),
  • Summer (June, July, August),
  • Autumn (September, October, November) and
  • Winter (December, January, February).


The Heather Comparison Gallery provides comparison pages of the:-

  • 18 flower colours with flower and flower stalk as shown in the menu table at the top of this page,
  • 18 flower colours with flower and flower stalk in each of the months that heather flowers,
  • 7 foliage colours with foliage stalk and form per season as shown in the menu table at the top of this page, and
  • Each of the Heather Cultivar Groups with flowers

and the Index for the heathers shown in each of these Comparison Pages is in 1 or more Index Pages in the relevant Heather Evergreen Shrub Index Gallery instead of being in the same Comparison page, due to their being too many to include within the available space.
THIS COMBINATION OF FOLIAGE COLOUR CHANGE CAN BE USED IN YOUR GARDEN DESIGN TO AID DIFFERENT GROUNDCOVER FOLIAGE COLOURS IN DIFFERENT SEASONS, together with the months of flower buds before flowering and the post months of seedheads.

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SPRING FOLIAGE COLOUR
with Foliage Stalk and Form

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AUTUMN FOLIAGE COLOUR
with Foliage Stalk and Form

Index Page No.

CULTIVAR GROUP with Flowers
Erica Hardy Heaths:-

Index Page No.

CULTIVAR GROUP with Flowers
Erica Hardy Heaths:-

Index Page No.

HEATHER EVERGREEN SHRUB
INDEX GALLERY PAGES

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Introduction

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Click on Colour below to change to its Heather Flower Colour Page with Flower and Flower Stalk

Spr-Bronze

1

(o) Aut-Bronze

(o) 1

Erica garforthensis

(o) 1

Erica tetralix

1

CULTIVAR GROUP with Flowers

 

FLOWERING SEASON
with Flower and Flower Stalk

 

(o) H0
White
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(o) H1 Amethyst
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H2
Mauve
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(o) Spr-Green

(o) 1

(o) Aut-Green

(o)
1 2

Erica gaudificans

(o) 1

Erica umbellata

1

Andromeda

(o) 1

(o) January
Winter

(o)
1 2

(o) 1

(o) 1

1

Spr-Grey

1

(o) Aut-Grey

(o) 1

(o) Erica x griffithsii

(o) 1

Erica vagans

1

Bruckenthalia spiculifolia changed to
Erica spiculifolia

1

(o)February
Winter

(o)
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(o) H3
Lavender
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H4
Lilac
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H5
Ruby
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1

(o) Spr-Orange

(o) 1

Aut-Orange

1

Erica krameri

(o) 1

Erica veitchii

1

(o) Calluna

(o) 1

(o) March
Spring

(o)
1 2

Spr-Red

1

Aut-Red

1

(o) Erica lusitanica

(o) 1

Erica watsonii

1

(o) Daboecia

(o) 1

(o) April
Spring

(o)
1 2

H6
Cerise
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(o) H7
Rose Pink
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(o) H8
Pink
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(o) Spr-Yellow

(o) 1

(o) Aut-Yellow

(o) 1

(o) Erica mackayana

(o) 1

Erica williamsii

1

Erica Hardy Heaths:-

 

(o) May
Spring

(o) 1

(o) Spr-Other Colour

(o) 1

Aut-Other Colour

1

Erica maderensis

(o) 1

 

 

Erica x afroeuropea

(o) 1

(o) June
Summer

(o) 1

(o) H9
Beetroot
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(o) H10
Purple
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(o) H11
Lilac Pink
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(o) Erica manipuliflora

(o) 1

 

 

Erica andevalensis now treated as Erica mackayana ssp andevalensis

1

(o) July
Summer

(o) 1

SUMMER FOLIAGE COLOUR
with Foliage Stalk and Form

 

WINTER FOLIAGE COLOUR
with Foliage Stalk and Form

 

Erica multiflora

1

SEED COLOUR

 

(o) Erica arborea

(o) 1

(o) August
Summer

(o) 1

(o) H12 Heliotrope
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H13 Crimson
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(o) H14 Magenta
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(o) Sum-Bronze

(o) 1

(o) Win-Bronze

(o) 1

(o) Erica
oldenburgensis

(o) 1

Seed

1

(o) Erica x arendsiana

(o) 1

(o) September
Autumn

(o) 1

(o) Sum-Green

(o)
1 2

(o) Win-Green

(o)
1 2

Erica platycodon

1

 

 

(o) Erica australis

(o) 1

(o) October
Autumn

(o) 1

H15 Salmon

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(o) H16
Shell Pink

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(o) H17 Multi-Coloured
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Sum-Grey

1

Win-Grey

1

Erica scoparia

1

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(o) Erica azorica
(Syn.
Erica scoparia subsp. azorica)

(o) 1

(o) November
Autumn

(o) 1

Sum-Orange

1

(o) Win-Orange

(o) 1

Erica sicula

1

Garden

1

(o) Erica carnea

(o)
1 2

(o) December
Winter

(o) 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sum-Red

1

(o) Win-Red

(o) 1

(o) Erica spiculifolia

(o) 1

 

 

(o) Erica ciliaris

(o) 1

 

 

 

 

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User Guidelines

 

 

 

(o) Sum-Yellow

(o) 1

(o) Win-Yellow

(o) 1

(o) Erica stuartii

(o) 1


(o) COMMENTS

(o) Erica cinerea

(o) 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sum-Other Colour

1

(o) Win-Other Colour

(o) 1

Erica terminalis

1

(o) Erica x darleyensis

(o) 1

The 2 rows of "Height x Spread in inches (cms) (1 inch = 2.5 cms, 12" = 1 foot = 30 cms) and Comment" state the Heather Description from 'Handy Guide to Heathers Descriptions & Suppliers of over 1000 varieties" by David & Anne Small, published in 1992 by Denbeigh Heather Nurseries (ISBN 0-9519160-0-9). This gives the official Heather Society flower colour(s) and foliage colour(s).
Photos from Chris Garnons-Williams are added to that respective flower colour or foliage colour page in the Shrub Heather Gallery and the relevant index page in this gallery IRRESPECTIVE OF THE ACTUAL FLOWER COLOUR OR FOLIAGE COLOUR (stated in the Handy Guide) IN THE IMAGE THAT WAS TAKEN BY CHRIS GARNONS-WILLIAMS.

(o) Erica erigena

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