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Garden blog PARC'S | November 28, 2023

Plant of the month December: Heather (Calluna vulgaris)

The evergreen dwarf shrub Calluna vulgaris brings color into autumn and winter and convinces with its uncomplicated and easy-care nature.

Plant profile

Botanical name: Calluna vulgaris
German name: Heidekraut / Besenheide
Family: Ericaceae (heather family)
Flowering time: July to December
Flowers: Pink, purple, white, orange, green, light green, yellow
Foliage: Evergreen
Growth habit: Dwarf shrub, upright growing to 40cm high
Origin: Central and Northern Europe

Calluna vulgaris details

Calluna vulgaris is an evergreen, upright and slow-growing shrub that belongs to the dwarf shrubs with a maximum height of 40 cm and is popularly known as heather or broom heather. The dark green foliage leaves are only a few millimeters long and lie curled along the branches.

It enjoys its great appearance from July and blooms until winter. In the grayer months, the bell-shaped flowers provide color in the garden. The numerous flowers of the broom heather grow in bunches on the long branches. The low-maintenance and frost-hardy heather blooms into the winter and prolongs the colorful play of summer.

It likes a semi-shady to sunny position and prefers a humus-rich and well-drained soil that is not too moist. The heather is frost hardy and can cope well with lower temperatures during the winter.

Use of heather in design

Calluna vulgaris is particularly suitable for borders, beds and planters. Due to its slow-growing character, the heather is especially popular as a ground cover. However, it also provides interesting accents in beautiful planters. In combination with conifers and grasses, beautiful contrasts are achieved. The heather also makes a good figure as a single plant in a decorative planter and provides colorful eye-catchers in winter. Our plant of the month is not only easy to care for, but also a real eye-catcher in autumn and winter.

The broom heather is available in different colors:

Planters for Calluna vulgaris

The broom heather in a beautiful planter enhances many a garden, balcony or terrace. The most diverse planters are available in the online store of Amadeo Ambiente. Here in the picture the broom heaths are shown to advantage in harmonious Lechuza pots. Click here for the Lechuza planters.

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