Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Heather

Heather garden



Heather, from the Ericaceae family, grows well in North America in zones 4 and above. It is not a carefree plant however, requiring routine maintenance and proper growing conditions. Grown together in the same garden bed, multiple varieties put on an attractive display.

6 comments:

Commonly Cheap said...

Stumbled in and just wanted to say hi. How gorgeous and peaceful your garden and photos are. Wonderful.

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chey said...

Thanks so much for your kind comment!I always feel at peace in the garden.

guild-rez said...

Hello
I am looking for advise about Heather plants for my garden.
What plants should I consider for Zone 5 area with very cold temperatures during the winter month?
My garden is located in Toronto close to the Lake Ontario.
Thank you in advance.
-Cheers

chey said...

Heather is not a carefree shrub, and does require some maintenance of it's woody branches. It often requires trimming of the dead branches in the spring. I grow mine in a sunny protected spot on the south east side of the house and they have done well there in zone 5.

I'm not a Heather expert, but would recommend a sunny and well drained location. Both the gardens featured on my blog are in sunny locations and are in Nova Scotia zone 5 and 6.

I would recommend a trip to your local garden centre for varieties of Heather that would be hardy for your area. They come in a variety of different foliage and bloom colors, and are beautiful when planted together.

chey said...

P.S.
One of the heather gardens does get dappled sunlight, and I have read that Heather does tolerate moderate shade as well.

guild-rez said...

Thank you for your reply..
Best regards
from Toronto.