It may be small but heather, or calluna vulgaris, makes sure it’s noticed. This bushy little shrub, which won’t grow much bigger than 50cm, will be covered in cheerful purple flowers from July right through to December. It will add a cheerful hit to a flowerbed or look lovely in a pot with taller plants.
For the happiest plant and the most flowers, plant it somewhere sunny and keep the soil moist. It will also be just fine in light shade and will cope with some drought, although it may flower less. Calluna vulgaris doesn’t need a lot of upkeep. Once it’s finished flowering, trim off faded growth so it can be replaced with fresh new growth next year. That’s about it.
You’ll see relatives of this plant growing wild in mountainous regions, particularly in Scotland. That should give you a good idea of just how tough this little plant is.
Did you know?
Heather is considered lucky and often placed in bridal bouquets. The more you plant the luckier that will make you, surely?