Stunning Heath And Heather Shrubs In The Garden
Heaths and heather shrubs are small nursery dedicated to providing gardeners with hundreds of varieties of heather. Heaths and heathers are an unusual group of shrubs that have few comparisons in the botanical world. They have evergreen needle-like foliage resembling conifer species. Of greatest interest, however, is their ability to flower though the winter months and their colored foliage that complements the blooms. Heathers have small scale-like leaves that lie flat on the stem, making them appear vaguely reminiscent of conifers from a distance. Heaths have actual needles like a conifer. The flower structure is very similar, as well, but heather flowers are generally bell-shaped, while heath flowers are urn-shaped. Depending on the variety, the latter can sometimes be seen in an elongated tubular form. Heathers are the more cold hardy of the two and are well-adapted throughout the northern half of the country, where they can sometimes be seen flowering in the snow. Heaths are better suited to the southern half of the country.
These plants have a lot to offer to landscape designers, but they have very specific growing requirements that must be met. Like blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, gardenias and a handful of other plants, heaths and heather shrubs need acidic soil conditions and excellent drainage.