Calluna vulgaris 'Dark Star'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to November
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Short spikes of semi-double crimson flowers, highly attractive to bees, appear from July to November and dark green leaves. This compact Scots heather is excellent for sunny areas of the garden with well-drained, acid soil. Planted in bold drifts, the crimson flowers are particularly valuable for accentuating a display of slow-growing, dwarf conifers. Otherwise, heathers look best among their own kind.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of composted pine needles or leaf-mould into the planting hole. In March or April cut back the flowered shoots to within 2.5cm (1in) of the old growth.
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Q:Plants to replace a lawn
Dear Sir I have a small lawn at the front of my garden and want to use plants other than grass. Can you give me some ideas of plants that could give a low effect of green or some planting scheme that would look ok ? RichardAsked on 1/19/2010 by richard wood
A:Hello Richard, There are loads of things that you could plant in this area - here are some of the best. Pachysandra http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/pachysandra-terminalis-/classid.3288/ Lamium http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/lamium-maculatum-beacon-silver/classid.3133/ Cotoneaster dammeri http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-dammeri-/classid.1021/ Cotoneaster horizontalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-horizontalis-/classid.1028/ Ajuga http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.ajuga/ Vinca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/ Liriope http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/liriope-muscari-/classid.3173/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/ Heuchera http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.heuchera/ Calluna http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.calluna/ Geranium http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/mediterranean-plants/geranium-sanguineum-var.-striatum/classid.2000007127/ I hope this gives you a few ideas, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/20/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Early flowering heather?
Hi I am looking for a variety of heather which can be kept low, and blooms early to support the bumble bees that like to visit my garden. I currently have a large lavender which the heather will replace. I would like to plant three close together so that they will end up looking like 1 plant (triangle). Colors: Red, White, Blue. Thank you in advance for your assistance. DonAsked on 9/26/2009 by Don
A:Hello Don, The best early flowering heather that we sell is Calluna vulgaris Dark Star - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/heathers/calluna-vulgaris-dark-star/classid.464/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/28/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Winter flowering bedding plants for planters and window boxes
Hi I need to order 30+ plants for planters and window boxes. They need to flower during the winter and be fairly hardy. Can you recommend 3 or 4 types please. They are to be planted in the school so not too expensive as pupils do have access to the areas! Pansies and Begonias have been suggested but I thought I would ask an expert! All suggestions gratefully received. DarrenAsked on 8/18/2009 by Darren Maeers
A:Hello Darren, The best options for winter colour are pansies, polyanthus, bellis and heathers. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor .Answered on 8/19/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What low-growing evergreen would you suggest?
Please help! Can you suggest a very low growing plant to cover a 1 metre long area alongside a lawn. It needs to be able to cope with fairly dry sunny conditions and be attractive all the time so nice leaves or similar.Asked on 6/30/2006 by Lesley Levy
A:We do have some plants that may be suitable for the area you have described. Below are a few of my suggestions, but you can find many more on our site using our plant search facility. Ajuga http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=ajuga Festuca glauca Elijah Blue http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1993&CategoryID= Calluna vulgaris Dark Star http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/heathers/calluna-vulgaris-dark-star/classid.464/ Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/mediterranean-plants/stachys-byzantina-silver-carpet/classid.3621/ Thymus pseudolanuginosus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/herbs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/thymus-pseudolanuginosus-/classid.2000007112/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/?s=bergeniaAnswered on 7/3/2006 by Crocus
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