Heath plants and Heather plants
When we think of Heaths and Heathers we think of Scotland, however a number of varieties are from other areas, including the Ericas many of which which are from South Africa.
Heaths and Heathers are a group,of plants from 3 main genus, Daboecia, Erica and Calluna, they are all related (from the same family – ericaceae). Many look similar and indeed growing habits are similar.
Used in the garden to provide masses of colour and easy to care for ground cover they are a slightly misunderstood group of plants.
Species and varieties
The Scottish Heather that is probably the first that comes to mind for most of us, is Calluna vulgaris, and it varies in flower colour from white to purple. Flowering in summer and again in autumn it adds masses of colour. Low water requirements, cold tolerant and coping with poor soils. An excellent easy care plant.