Calluna vulgaris 'Wickwar Flame'
Copper and gold heather foliage topped by mauve-pink flowers, looks resplendent in winter sun, but lime-free soil only
- 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
Upright spikes of mauve-pink flowers, highly attractive to bees, appear from July to November. The leaves turn first gold, then red in winter. This colourful Scots heather is a relative of the native ling that once colonized a quarter of Britain. It looks fantastic planted alongside other heathers with contrasting foliage or flowers.
- Garden care: 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.