Heathers & Heaths

Heathers are some of the best plants for year-round color. Indeed there are so many kinds of heather that at least one is blooming each day of the year!

Flowers are just the beginning of the story though, because foliage of Calluna, Daboecia and Erica - the species that make up Heaths and Heathers - is incredibly varied. Evergreen leaves can be deep green, but they can also be red, orange, yellow, blue or purple!

There are too many varieties of Heaths and Heathers to list, and our selection varies from year to year - but these are some of our favorites.

Calluna vulgaris

Calluna: Heather, Scotch Heather, Ling

Calluna comes from the Greek word kallunein, meaning to cleanse, probably because the twigs were used to make brooms. Callunas have just a single species, Calluna vulgaris, but over 800 cultivated forms are in existence.

Flowers: Small bell flowers during summer in colors ranging from white to pink to crimson. Bud-bloomers are flowers that never mature beyond the bud stage and because of this, maintain their color for a long period. Double flower forms have more petals, so they look like pearl-size balls along the branches.

Foliage: Evergreen leaves are feathery or sometimes scale-like. Leaf color can be silver, green, gold or variegated, and many Callunas change color in the winter, turning brilliant orange, red or chocolate. Several varieties have red, coral or white new growth in spring.

Calluna vulgaris 'Allegro'

Dark rose pink flowers August – October, green leaves, grows 18" x 24".

Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly'

One of the best for foliage, 'Firefly' has yellow-orange leaves that turn bright red in winter. Flowers are a secondary concern, and they are mauve pink. Grows 18" x 20".

Calluna vulgaris 'Kerstin'

Pretty pink and cream new growth in spring turns gray-green with hints of lavender in winter, mauve flowers August - September, 12" x 18"

Calluna vulgaris 'Silver Knight'

Leaves are the palest blue-gray and gain hints of lavender during winter, lavender-pink flowers July - September, grows 20" x 24"

Calluna vulgaris 'Spring Torch'

Fiery red and orange new leaves turn deep green in summer, mauve flower spikes August - October, grows 18" x 24"

Daboecia cantabrica, J. Garmendia 1689
Daboecia cantabrica

Daboecia: Irish Heath

Daboecia is named for the Irish Saint Dabeoc

D. azorica and D. cantabrica exist in nature and D. x scotica is a man-made hybrid of the two naturally occurring forms.

Flowers: Daboecia flowers are the largest of all the Heathers to ½” long and can be white, pink, red, magenta or purple. Flowers are held in racemes above the foliage & bloom from June to October.

Foliage: Evergreen leaves are dark green and glossy. Most Heather leaves look coniferous and needle-like, but Daboecia leaves are more 'leafy'.

Erica carnea
Erica carnea 'King George'

Erica: Heath

Erica is from the Greek work ereiko meaning ‘to break’. Possibly because the stems break easily and possibly because of the medieval belief that it could be used medicinally to dissolve gall stones.

Flowers: Small bell-shape flowers can be white, pink, mauve, cerise, magenta or purple. Bloom-time varies per species.

Winter/Spring flowers: E. carnea, E. darleyensis.

Summer/Fall flowers: E. cinerea, E. griffithsii, E. stuartii, E. tetralix & E. vegans

Foliage: Evergreen leaves look like tiny needles and can be green, gold or blue.

Erica carnea 'Adirenne Duncan'

Dark pink flowers January-April, dark green leaves turn deep maroon at the tips in winter, grows 6" x 18"

Erica carnea 'Ice Princess'

Pure white flowers December-April, dark green leaves, grows 6" x 18"

Erica carnea 'Vivellii'

Magenta flowers January – April, bronze leaves in winter turns green in the summer, grows 6" x 16"

Erica carnea
Erica cinerea 'Velvet Night' (Erica griffithsii ‘Valerie Griffiths’ in background)

Erica cinerea 'C.D. Eason'

Magenta bell flowers in summer - June-September, soft green needle-like leaves, grows 10" x 20"

Erica x darleyensis 'Kramers Rote'

Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote'

Magenta flowers January – April, dark green leaves, grows 15" x 24".

Erica x darleyensis 'Mary Helen'

Pink flowers February-April, gold leaves turn gold with orange tips in winter, grows 10" x 18".

Find the Perfect Shrubs for your garden

Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.

Abelia

Abelia

Natives

Arbutus: Pacific Madrone

Natives

Cornus sericea

Red Twig Dogwood
Natives

Corylus cornuta

Beaked Hazelnut
decid-rhod

Deciduous Azalea

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Banana

Banana

Buddleia

Buddleia: Butterfly Bush

Callicarpa

Callicarpa: Beautyberry

Camellia

Camellia

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

Natives

Native Ceanothus: Wild Lilac

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

Flowering Quince
Chimonanthus

Chimonanthus: Wintersweet

Clethra

Clethra: Summersweet

Perennials

Coprosma: Mirror Plant

Cornus

Cornus: Red Twig Dogwood

Corylopsis

Corylopsis: Winter Hazel

Corylus

Corylus: Filberts & Hazels

Cotinus

Cotinus: Smoke Tree

Daphne

Daphne

Edgeworthia

Edgeworthia

Chinese Paper Bush
Elaeagnus

Elaeagnus

Silverberry & Goumi Berry
Gardenia

Hardy Gardenia

Natives

Gaultheria shallon: Salal

Hamamelis

Hamamelis: Witch Hazel

Heathers

Heathers & Heaths

Hebe

Hebe

Hedges

Hedges

Natives

Holodiscus: Oceanspray

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Itea

Itea: Sweetspire

Lagerstroemia

Lagerstroemia: Crape Myrtle

Lonicera

Lonicera: Honeysuckle

Natives

Mahonia: Oregon Grape

Natives

Osmaronia: Indian Plum

Palms

Hardy Palm

Natives

Philadelphus: Mock Orange

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Physocarpus

Physocarpus: Ninebark

Natives

Native Physocarpus

Western Ninebark
Punica

Punica: Pomegranate

Natives

Rhamnus: Cascara

Ribes

Ribes: Currant

Natives

Native Ribes: Wild Currant

Natives

Rosa: Wild Rose

Natives

Rubus: Salmonberry

Willow

Salix: Willow

Sambucus

Sambucus: Elderberry

Natives

Native Sambucus: Elderberry

Sarcococca

Sarcococca: Sweet Box

Natives

Symphoricarpos: Snowberry

Lilac

Syringa: Lilac

Vaccinium

Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Natives

Native Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Viburnum

Viburnum: Arrowwood

Natives

Native Viburnum trilobum

Cranberrybush