Friday, December 6, 2013

Foliage Power

Last post we talked about the hellebore and the color provided by its blooms.  This time I wanted to remind you that color can come from the foliage as well.  Here is one of my favorites!


Heather

While heather is a well-celebrated plant throughout Europe, it's often forgotten in this country. It's time for that to change, though. This versatile flower boasts color year-round. With beautiful flowers in summer and autumn to gorgeous foliage in winter, this beauty is sure to make a strong impact in your garden.

  • Common Names: Heather.
  • Botanical Name: Calluna.
  • Hardiness: Zones 5 to 7, although hardy in Zone 3 with adequate winter protection.
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to late autumn.
  • Size: 4 to 24 inches high, up to 30 inches wide.
  • Flowers: Bell-shaped flowers of red, purple, pink, or white shades.
  • Light Needs: Full sun.
  • Growing Advice: Overwinter where snowfall is light with mulch and pine branches.
  • Prize Picks: Blazeaway's yellow foliage turns bright red in the winter to fire up barren landscapes.