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.
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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: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
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