Heathers are often overlooked when choosing plants for the garden, but this is a pity because they are attractive plants that can either be grouped together in a bed to form a special feature or used in the border with other perennial flowers. While most bloom in the fall, others flower early in the year from January to April. To learn more about these versatile plants read the article by Tova Roseman which I found on her Tova’s Garden website.
Heather is one of my all-time favorite plants for adding texture and color to the garden year ?round. ?And it has a bonus?it attracts bees and butterflies, providing a safe haven for them to snuggle down close in the foliage.
I gave several garden tours this summer?of my own garden where I have added more evergreen heather and it was a big favorite with everyone. ?It is unique and beautiful.
I first became enthralled with the thought of heath and heather while reading romance novels, such as Jane Eyre, as a teen. ?Of course the hero and heroine ride through the misty heathers covering the moors?of Scotland. ?And then I went to Scotland and saw it in person. ?I just had to have some! ?That was the same summer I went on tour at a heather grower and knew I was in love.
As beautiful, evergreen plants they come in many shapes, sizes and colors. ?From low-growing broad spreaders to compact shrubs to upright large spreaders, you?ll find one for virtually every location in your garden. ?I love the foliage that changes color depending upon the season such as the Calluna variety called ?Dark Beauty?. ?Dark green foliage with a blood red flower, blooming August to October. ?Or ?Red Haze? which has a lavender flower on dull gold foliage in September, turning reddish bronze in winter. Or the Erica variety of ?Rosalie? with a bright pink flower blooming January to April and bronze green foliage. ?The options are endless. ?Are you enthralled like I am?!
See more at Tova’s Garden