Erica plants (heaths) are low-growing, acid-loving plants producing racemes with masses of urn-shaped flowers ranging from pure white to deep pinks and purples, typically from winter into the spring. Easy to grow and pest and disease free, they are fully hardy with a compact, mound-forming or spreading growth habit. Erica (heaths) have narrow, needle-like leaves whereas their cousins Calluna (heathers) have flatter, more scale-like foliage.
Synonymous with moorlands in the British countryside, heath plants are resilient to harsh conditions and suitable for colder sites in the north of the UK. Perfect for incorporating into group plantings to add some interest to the winter garden, or using singly in the border or rockery. Best suited to an open, sunny spot in an acidic soil rich in organic matter. Heath plants benefit from a mulch with leaf-mould, well-composted pine needles or composted pine bark once a year. Trim immediately after flowing, if required, as they re-flower on new shoots each year.