Calluna vulgaris 'Dark Star'

Scots heather

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Only for lime-free soil - but this dark-green neat heather has spikes of deep crimson flowers that glow in low winter light

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • 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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