Blooming in winter and early spring when many other plants are taking a much-deserved break from the bloom scene, heathers are a welcome addition to beds and borders. Many varieties bloom in summer and autumn. Also commonly called heath, hundreds of different varieties of this evergreen shrub exist. Some sport dark green needlelike leaves, while others are cloaked with tiny silver, chartreuse, or blue-green leaves. Many popular cultivars are low-growing, standing 8-12 inches tall. They form a matlike carpet of fine-needle foliage that is decorated with white or pink bell-shape flowers for months at a time. Plant heather among medium to large shrubs, and it will serve as a pretty and effective groundcover by suppressing weeds. It also thrives in rock gardens.
Heather grows best in full sun or part shade and quick-draining soil. It will not tolerate clay or slow-draining soil.
More varieties for Heather
Erica cinerea is a compact shrub with large clusters of pink, white, or purple flowers. Bell heather blooms in summer and fall. It grows 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Zones 6-8