Calluna vulgaris

Calluna vulgaris
Calluna vulgaris 
heather + varieties
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL WIDTH 0.2-0.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES ++multicoloured:yellow and light green and green
COLOUR OF FLOWERS ++multicolored:white and pink and purple red
BLOOMING TIME August - December
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Scotch heather is a genus of one species of evergreen shrub from N. and W. Europe to Siberia. They are low and spreading or ground-covering plants that are easy to grow and produce awesome displays when flowering from late summer until late autumn. There are more than 500 varieties to this date and more new ones are bred every year in order to achieve better looking and performing plants. There are several series by various breeders who collected their inventions under one trademark.

GARDEN GIRLS® is a fantastic series of modern heather – bud-bloomers. They are bred by Kurt Kramer in Germany and they all feature these qualities:
- strong growth into dense shrubs that perfectly cover the ground beneath
- profuse flowering from late summer until late autumn or even early winter
- flowers do not open but remain in large vase-shaped buds that are resistant to bad weather conditions
- reliably evergreen
- perfectly hardy in both open ground and containers
Our assortment consists of these varieties (upon current availability):
- Alicia – large, pure white buds Sep-Nov, erect, compact growth, mid green leaves
- Amethyst – crimson to lilac red flowers Sep-Nov, erect, compact growth, mid green leaves
- Athene – deep purple red flowers Sep-Nov, erect, compact growth, rich green leaves
- Bettina – pure white flowers Sep-Nov, erect, compact growth, fresh green leaves
- Helena – large white flowers later than Alicia but remains nice longer, uniform, erect growth, mid green leaves
- Klaudine – large white buds Sep-Dec, spreading but dense growth, rich green leaves
- Madonna – large white buds Sep-Nov, spreading but dense growth, mid green leaves
- Rosita – large pink buds Sep-Nov, , erect, compact growth, mid green leaves
- Sandy – pure white buds Sep-Nov, spreading, low growth, top leaves are golden yellow, lower parts are light green
- Zora – no buds or flowers but rich golden yellow leaves that turn fiery orange-red in winter, erect growth

Heather likes open, sunny sites in light, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil. The ground might seem dry in summer but it always remains partially moist thanks to heather branches that cover the soil around well enough preventing it from drying out. They flower late in the season and should be pruned in early spring to encourage new growth from the middle of the plant. Unpruned twigs grow too long and their older parts become woody with minimum foliage. Cut back last year’s growths leaving maximum of 1-1.5cm of flowering branch. Fully hardy to USDA zone 5, perhaps more.

Last update: 09-10-2012; 01-09-2019

Erica x darleyensis
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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