Easy to grow heather plants

Our collection of the best easy to grow heather plants that will thrive even at the hands of the least green fingered of gardeners! Heathers are low maintenance, hardy evergreen bushes producing urn-shaped flowers borne on spikes above a compact mass of low-growing or spreading foliage. They are the dominant plants in most heathlands and moorlands in Europe, thriving on acidic soils in open, sunny locations or partial shade. There are two varieties - Calluna and Erica. Calluna has small scale-like leaves carried in opposite pairs, whereas Erica's foliage is more needle-like and borne in whorls. Both are brilliant for bringing a natural feel and splash of colour to your garden, producing flowers in colours ranging from white, through to pink and a wide range of purples and reds. Heathers are best planted deeply in 'waves' of 5-7 of each variety. For dramatic yellow foliage consider Calluna Aurea, Erica Golden Starlet or Erica Foxhollow. Calluna Wickwar Flame has stunning golden-orange foliage and mauve flowers, whilst Calluna Silver Queen is the best silver variety available. RHS Gold Merit winners include Calluna Anette, Calluna Darkness and Calluna Firefly. See our guide to heather plants for more information and advice on how to make the most of growing heathers in your garden.

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