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SPRING FOLIAGE COLOUR
with Foliage Stalk and Form

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with Foliage Stalk and Form

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Erica Hardy Heaths:-

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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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Index Page No.

(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)
1 2

(o) H3
Lavender
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(o) 1

H4
Lilac
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1

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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1

(o) H7
Rose Pink
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(o) 1

(o) H8
Pink
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(o) 1

(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) 1

(o) H10
Purple
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(o) 1

(o) H11
Lilac Pink
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(o) 1

 

 

 

 

(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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(o) 1

H13 Crimson
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1

(o) H14 Magenta
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(o) 1

(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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1

(o) H16
Shell Pink

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(o) 1

(o) H17 Multi-Coloured
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(o) 1

Sum-Grey

1

Win-Grey

1

Erica scoparia

1

BED PICTURES

 

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

Erica carnea
'Clare Wilkinson'

Erica carnea
'David's Seedling'

Erica carnea
f. aureifolia
'Foxhollow'

Erica carnea
'Jennifer Anne'

Erica carnea
'Lesley Sparkes'

Erica carnea
'Little Peter'

 

 

Flower Bud

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Photo of Juvenile Buds from
November 2014

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Ericacarneafoxhollowflobudgarnonswilliams

Photo of Flower Buds from
27 February 2015

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Photo from
 

Ericacarnealittlepeterflobudgarnonswilliams

Photo from
8 January 2015

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Flower Bud Stalk

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Photo Maturing Buds from
October 2014

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

Ericacarneafoxhollowflobudstalkgarnonswilliams

Photo of Flower Buds on stalks from
27 February 2015

Ericacarneajenniferanneflobudstalkgarnonswilliams

Photo from
26 October 2014

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Photo from
 

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Photo from
8 January 2015

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Flower and Flower Colour
with link to its
Flower Colour Page

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Shell Pink - H16

Photo from
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

Photo from
January 2015

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

Ericacarneafoxhollowflo1garnonswilliams

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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Open Pink - H8 and darken with age to Heliotrope - H12.

Photo from
6 April 2015

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Heliotrope - H12

Photo from
27 February 2015
 

Ericacarnealittlepeterflogarnonswilliams

Shell Pink - H16

See below for change of flower colour from January to May
Photo from
8 January 2015

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Flower Stalk

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Photo of flower stalk from
January 2015

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Photo of flower stalk from
January 2015

Ericacarneafoxhollowflostalkgarnonswilliams

Photo of flower stalks with change of flower colour from
14 March 2015

Ericacarneajenniferanneflostalkgarnonswilliams

Photo of flower stalk from
6 April 2015

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Photo of flower stalk from
27 February 2015

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Photo of flower stalk from
8 January 2015

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Flowers

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Photo of flowers from
January 2015

Ericacarneadavidsseedlingflos1garnonswilliams

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

Ericacarneafoxhollowflosgarnonswilliams

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

Ericacarneajenniferanneflosgarnonswilliams

Photo of flowers from
6 April 2015

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Photo of flowers from
27 February 2015

Ericacarnealittlepeterflosgarnonswilliams

Photo of flowers from
8 January 2015

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Seed

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Ericacarnealesleysparkesseedgarnonswilliams

Photo of seed from
25 April 2015

Ericacarnealittlepeterseedgarnonswilliams

Photo of seed from
9 May 2015

 

 

Seedhead

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Ericacarnealesleysparkesseedheadgarnonswilliams

Photo of seedhead from
25 April 2015

Ericacarnealittlepeterseedheadgarnonswilliams

Photo of seedheads from
9 May 2015

 

 

Flowering Months with link to its Flowering Month Page

January,
February,
March,
April,
May

December,
January
,
February,
March,
April,
May

January,
February,
March,
April

November,
December
,
January
,
February,
March,
April

November,
December
,
January
,
February,
March,
April

February,
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)

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)

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.

8 x 14 (20 x 35)

The flowers, November-April, open Pink (H8) and darken with age to Heliotrope (H12). Dark Green foliage. Neat and compact habit. One of the earliest to flower.

6 x 10 (15 x 25)

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, November-April, mid green foliage tipped with salmon and gold particularly in spring. Slow growing.

6 x 18 (10-15 x 31-45)

"Shell Pink (H16) flowers, February-April, mid-green foliage; compact; height 10-15 cm; spread 31-45 cm." from The Heather Society.

 

Fol-iage Stalk Col-our

Spring
with link to its
Spring Foliage Colour Page

Ericacarneaclarewilkinsonfolsprgarnonswilliams

Mid Green

Photo from
April 2015

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Ericacarneafoxhollowfolsprgarnonswilliams

Yellow

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

Photo from
14 March 2015

Ericacarneajenniferannefolsprgarnonswilliams

Dark Green

Photo of mature dark green foliage and lighter green juvenile foliage with flowers from
6 April 2015

Ericacarnealesleysparkesfolsprgarnonswilliams

Mid Green tipped with salmon and gold particularly in spring.

Photo from
25 April 2015

Ericacarnealittlepeterfolsprgarnonswilliams

Mid Green

Photo of juvenile foliage at tip with mature foliage below it on the each foliage stem from
9 May 2015

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Summer with link to its
Summer Foliage Colour Page

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Mid Green

Photo from
 

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Dark Green

Photo

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Mid Green tipped with salmon and gold particularly in spring.

Photo

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Mid Green

Photo

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Autumn with link to its
Autumn Foliage Colour Page

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Mid Green

Photo from
 

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Mid Green

Photo from
October 2014

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Ericacarneajenniferannefolautgarnonswilliams

Dark Green

Photo of foliage with dead pine needles from
26 October 2014

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Mid Green tipped with salmon and gold particularly in spring.

Photo

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Mid Green

Photo

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Winter
with link to its
Winter Foliage Colour Page

Ericacarneaclarewilkinsonfolwingarnonswilliams

Mid Green

Photo from
January 2015

Ericacarneadavidsseedlingfolwingarnonswilliams

Mid Green

Photo from
January 2015

Ericacarneafoxhollowfolwingarnonswilliams

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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Dark Green

Photo

Ericacarnealesleysparkesfolwingarnonswilliams

Mid Green tipped with salmon and gold particularly in spring.

Photo from
27 February 2015

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Mid Green

Photo from
8 January 2015

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

Spring form
with link to supplier in the UK

Ericacarneaclarewilkinsonforsprgarnonswilliams

 

Photo of form with flowers from
April 2015

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

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Email John Hall Plants for availability

Photo

Ericacarneafoxhollowforsprgarnonswilliams

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, dead deciduous tree leaves, dead pine needles, pine cone and grass growing within it from
6 April 2015

Ericacarnealesleysparkesforsprgarnonswilliams

Email John Hall Plants for availability

Photo of form with seedheads, dead deciduous tree leaves and spring foliage tipped with salmon and gold from
25 April 2015

Ericacarnealittlepeterforsprgarnonswilliams

Email John Hall Plants for availability

Photo of form with seedheads from
9 May 2015

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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

Photo of form from

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Heather's Heide

Photo of form from

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Heather's Heide

Photo of form from

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Heather's Heide

Photo of form from
 

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Heather's Heide

Photo of form from
 

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Heather's Heide

Photo of form from

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Autumn form with link to supplier in USA

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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

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Heaths and Heathers

Photo of form with flower buds, dead deciduous tree leaves and dead pine needles from
26 October 2014

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Heaths and Heathers

Photo of form from

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Photo of form from

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Winter form
with link to supplier in Canada

Ericacarneaclarewilkinsonforwingarnonswilliams

Photo of form with flower buds and flowers from
January 2015

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

Ericacarneadavidsseedlingforwingarnonswilliams

Photo of form with flower buds and flowers from
January 2015

Ericacarneafoxhollowforwingarnonswilliams

Bunchberry Nurseries

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

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Photo

Ericacarnealesleysparkesforwingarnonswilliams

 

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

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

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Flower

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Flower Stalk

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Form

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If the links above fail or you cannot find this heather in those nurseries, the following suppliers may be of use (current in March 2015):-
 

  • Belgium
    Boomkwekerij De Bock LV Retail Sales
    Boomkwekerij De Bruyn bvba Mail Order and Retail Sales
     
  • Canada
    The Heather Farm Mail order within Canada. Display Garden. No on-site retail sales.They have one of the largest collections of both miniature roses and heathers in Canada.
    Mason House Gardens Display garden and retail sales.Our interest is in xeriscaping (water efficient gardening).
    Pepiniere Villeneuve Mail order within Canada. Display garden and retail sales.
    Bunchberry Nurseries Display garden and Retail sales
    Erica Enterprises Retail-oriented wholesale nursery - selling to corporate clients - which would be pleased to refer you to a garden center in your area who carries our heathers.
     
  • France
    Pepinieres Dauget Retail sales. Les Pépinières DAUGUET cultivent plus de 3000 variétés d'Arbres, arbustes, conifères, bambous, rosiers. Vous trouverez sur nos 85 hectares de cultures des sujets de grande dimension pour donner aux jardins de l'ancienneté, des sujets taillés pour les jardins architecturés ainsi que de nombreux autres végétaux de toutes tailles, formes et couleurs pour agrémenter parcs et jardins.
    Lepage Retail Sales with Botanical Garden. En Bretagne, à quelques encablures de la côte de granit rose, ce jardin se veut le reflet de la diversité végétale de nos pépinières. Sur 6000m2, près de 2000 espèces d’arbres, arbustes et vivaces se côtoient dans des scènes que notre souci permanent de recherche d’harmonie de formes et de couleurs fait évoluer au rythme des saisons.
     
  • Germany
    Baumschule H. Hachmann Mail order, display garden and retail sales.
    Heidbohl-Baumschule Jurgen Krebs Mail order and retail sales.
    Husmann Heide-Jungpflanzen Mail Order of rooted cuttings for 100 heather cultivars.
     
  • Netherlands
    Heather's Heide Mail order and retail sales.
    Planten Tuin Esveld Mail order and retail sales with On-Line Bookshop. We can ship in principle to any address in any country.
     
  • Switzerland
    Haunstein AG Baumschulen & Garten-Center Mail order, display garden and retail sales
     
  • United Kingdom
    Galloway Heathers Mail order for 140 heather varieties and garden centre (retail sales).
    Goscote Nurseries Ltd Nursery Gardens and Retail sales. Our Tea Garden Café is run by Norths of Rothley, serving their delicious cakes and sandwiches for you to enjoy within the Nursery’s gardens.
    Highland Heathers Display garden and retail sales of 100 different heather varieties. Browse through the Heather Garden and walk around the working nursery.
    Hillway Nursery Retail sales.
    Holden Clough Nursery Mail order and retail sales.
    Join John for informative and informal courses which include:1 Hour Talk, 2 Course Meal and Full nursery tour.
    The new tea room is open 7 days a week serving home cooked traditional food using locally sourced ingredients.
    Jackson's Nurseries (UK) Ltd Mail order to United Kingdom only. Retail sales.
    Jacksons Nurseries specialise in Amenity Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance, specialising in the resolution of soft landscape problems whether technical or simply by providing engineered cost solutions.
    Tea Room serves quality homemade dishes 7 days a week.
    Spring Park Nursery Mail Order. Retail sales by appointment only. We also have sole UK access to over 1000+ cultivars which are imported from Holland.
    Triscombe Nurseries Mail order to United Kingdom mainland only. Retail sales.
    Ashwood Nurseries Mail order. ‘John’s Garden’ at Ashwood Nurseries is a wonderful three acre private garden created by nursery owner John Massey VMH. This is a private garden which is open on selected dates from 10am-4pm throughout the year.
    John Hall Plants Ltd Mail order. We have access to over 1,000 varieties, so will be able to meet your requirements. Planning a Heather Bed? We can draw up your plans for you, just let us know the dimensions of the plot, soil type and any requirements, and leave the rest to us. We will be pleased to quote for this service.
     
  • United States of America
    Dayton Nurseries Inc. Mail order, display garden and retail sales.
    Heaths and Heathers Mail order. Display garden and retail sales. We have more varieties available than anyone in the United States and one of the largest collections in the world. Our display garden has over 2,000 plants in the ground.
    Highland Heather Mail order, Retail sales by appointment only.
    Quackin'Grass Nursery Display garden and on-site sales. Closes for winter.
    Sylvan Nursery Mail order and retail sales. For the past five years the primary soil mix used in the containers has been superhumus, which is a by-product produced by the lumber industry as part of their conservation program.  Use of superhumus improved the water holding capacity of our container stock while maintaining excellent drainage.
     

 

The following Companion plant sections on

  • Trees
  • Shrubs and Vines
  • Grasses and Grasslike Plants
  • Herbaceous Perennials
  • Spring-flowering "Bulbous" Plants
  • Heathers in the Mixed Border
  • Annuals
  • Heathers as Companions or Foils for Other Plants
  • Winning combinations

are from
Gardening with Hardy Heathers by David Small and Ella May T. Wulff (ISBN-13:978-0-88192-782-5).

 

 

"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 John Innes No. 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.

"My interest in heathers expanded into acid-loving plants in general, and the family Ericaceae in particular. For the garden-lover, plantsman and botanist alike, the Ericaceae have an incredible amount to offer, and it would be a formidable challenge for anyone to collect just one example of each genus (currently standing at 124 genera, I believe). These 124 genera truly range from A to Z (from Andromeda to Zenobia), encompassing almost any shape and size of plant one could wish for. For example, at one extreme there is the tiny, Arctic moss heather Harrimanella hypnoides (formerly Cassiope) which I managed to keep outside for a few years, and at the other extreme there are large trees, such as Oxydendron arboreum which can reach 50ft in height (my own, grown from seed, stands at 10ft after 15 years).

For a few years I set about collecting as many examples of the Ericaceae as I could, already having, of course, Calluna, Erica, Daboecia and Rhododendron to start my collection. The first obvious additions were the other heath-type genera Andromeda, Cassiope, Pltyllodoce and Bruckenthalia (now Erica), and these were followed quickly by such familiar and readily available shrubs as Pieris, Enkianthus, Gaultheria and Vaccinium, and the strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo. However, thereafter other genera became increasingly difficult to find, and proved very challenging, but at one stage I did manage to put together a collection of 43 genera. Alas, not all proved to be as undemanding as the heathers, and today only a small percentage of these remain. For those blessed with acid soil, I can recommend trying various species of Enkianthus (flowers and autumn colour), Kalmia (unusually attractive flowers), Lyonia (flowers and autumn colour), Vaccinium and Gaultheria (foliage and berries) and Zenobia pulverulenta (for its unusual silvery-green foliage and scented, pure white flowers). My all-time favourites are the blueberries (Vaccinium), which provide everything one could want in a shrub: neatness with minimal pruning, abundant flowers, intense autumn colour, and of course attractive, edible berries, which are both extremely good for you and delicious. " from John Griffiths in Heathers: Yearbook of the Heather Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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)." from the RHS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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