Count on Heathers to keep the garden colourful
Part of the Ericaceae family there are over 4,000 varieties of Heather to choose from, one to suit every garden. They make a welcome addition to any garden bed, border or pot, providing splashes of white, pink and purple colour all year round, while foliage colours vary from bright green, olive green, and golden, with many turning terracotta red in the coldest months.
Heathers are best planted in beds and small evergreen shrubs can be added as complementary companion plants to provide contrast in height and form. Hebe ochracea ‘James Stirling’, a dense, low, spreading evergreen dwarf shrub with bright ochre-coloured leaves and small white flowers, and Rhododendron ‘Praecox’ a small, evergreen shrub with dark, glossy oval leaves and widely funnel-shaped, rosy-purple flowers, look great growing along side. The Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’, a miniature daffodil, will also add a delightful touch with its neat clusters of bright yellow trumpets.
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