Erica carnea 'Rosalie'

winter heath

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained acid soil. Will tolerate mildly alkaline soil.
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: January to April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Masses of bright pink, urn-shaped flowers from January to April appear among bronze-green foliage. This low, upright winter heather looks most at home planted with other heathers, or in a large, permeable container with winter-flowering pansies, ivies and early-flowering crocuses. In the garden, it looks best planted in bold drifts among other heathers, or beneath deciduous trees. Since it tolerates mildly alkaline soil, there's no need to use a special potting compost.

  • Garden care: During the growing season water regularly, applying a half-strength application of a balanced liquid fertiliser every four weeks. After the plant has flowered trim with shears or secateurs to remove the dead flowers and encourage bushy growth.

Erica × darleyensis 'Furzey'

darley dale heath

Best planted in bold drifts

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Erica carnea f. alba 'Whitehall'

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Masses of white winter flowers

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Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'

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A useful ground cover

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April pruning of trees, shrubs and

Many shrubs, trees and climbers are showing signs of growth, so it is an ideal time to check them over for winter damage. If you feel they need a little care and attention, here are a few notes to use as a pruning guide. during April.

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