DSCF6703DSCF6715DSCF6706Pale and interesting – Calluna vulgaris in shades of pale pinks, white and cream. Specimens such as these offer Ideal planting for window boxes and containers providing a long period of interest, alone or partnered with trailing ivy for contrast, baby skimmia rubella, the soon-to-be everywhere cyclamen, violas and pansies, black grasses (Ophiopogon) and heucheras, or (forfend!) a splash of fragrant foliage with lime green confier ‘Wilma’….

In the garden, a bright open sunny site is best, with acidic soil conditions. I suspect that for container growing – and for a seasonal display – this last requirement will have to be compromised, nevertheless, they offer great value and can freshen up tired summer displays.

and something brighter and richer, Erica gracilis (below) from the South African Cape…

A very good little piece from John Grimshaw, Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, adds illumination to this little plant

http://johngrimshawsgardendiary.blogspot.co.uk/2011_11_01_archive.html

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