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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Heather Hill Winter Blooming Heath in Ohio

Some of the different winter blooming Heather, either in full bloom or opening up their lovely blooms now. It's been a busy last month and will be for another so I didn't get a little more updated photos as some of these are blooming more since taking the photos.

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Kramer's Rote. It always catches my eye when I pull in my driveway. The petal coloration is gorgeous and it literally covers itself in blooms. One of my favorites.

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Vivelli and it definitely fits that name. Not only throws up pretty blooms but has this gorgeous reddish orange colored foliage all winter. One of my shorter growing Heathers.

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Mediterranean White. The foliage stays more compact and the flowers are white and have since covered a much larger area .

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Irish Treasure is a lovely bloomer that is planted next to Kramer's Rote and they very much compliment each other.

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Goldrush is one of my taller ones, maybe around 18 inches and a little more golden than shows but nothing compared to Golden Starlet below and is just starting to throw up some blooms.

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Mary Helen is just starting to bloom. It's winter foliage is bronze in color. Not a favorite but it does look nicer than appears in the photo.

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Arthur Johnson is another one that gets about 18 inches high. It's just starting to bloom and produces soft pink color.

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Jack Brummage is another one that blooms are lovely but the orange winter foliage is wonderful and it adds a lot of color to the winter garden.

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Furzey is a beautiful Heather. Lavender blooms that are really lovely and unfortunately the photo just doesn't show how lovely.

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Spring Cottage is one of my very short ones and always winters like a trooper. The blooms are just starting on this one.

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Golden Starlet is one of my very favorites. The blooms here are white and this is one of my low growers, but it's value for me lies with the beautiful gold foliage which remains all year.

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Myretown Ruby is a lovely small Heather that has beautiful magenta flowers that are close to the foliage and makes the foliage look colored.

Heather and Heaths add so much to the garden year round, but it can be a little difficult to grow. I think it's mainly finding the right variety for each individual area you want to grow it in.


65 comments:

Lavender Cottage said...

I'm partial to the pink heather in your first photo although all are nice. I see it for sale at the odd nursery in Ontario but rarely in any gardens so I assume it doesn't do well here.
Judith

Julie Marie said...

Oooh they are all just beautiful!... xoxo Julie Marie

Zoey said...

I have always admired, but never grown Heathers. Yours are beautiful!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,
Oh, these are just lovely...The different colours are just beautiful!! And all of that texture..!!
Love the new background page it is so pretty!!
All the Best,
Christine

HolleyGarden said...

These are so pretty! That Kramer's Rote is just gorgeous! What beautiful plants, and so nice to see a plant blooming during this time of year.

Rebecca said...

When I read that they are a little tricky to grow, my heart fell. I go for fail-proof & easy. Guess I'll just have to keep coming back to see yours. Sure are pretty!

GirlSprout said...

Your heathers are so pretty and they take the chill off my cold bones. I like the orange winter foliage on the Jack Brummage.

Kate said...

Hi Cher!
I've not seen very many heathers in CA. If I could grow any of them here, I'd hope for 'Golden Starlet'. I love plants that glow through many seasons.

Ginger Zuck said...

Just stunning! all of them. I had been wondering where you've been! Great to see you and your fabulous photos!

Lisa Balazs said...

Oh my they are also so lovely! I think I need to find that one Vivelli as that is my favorite. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments. I'm definitely going to be following your lovely blog.

Hugs, LisaKay (Belles Roses)

Giga said...

Bardzo lubię wrzosy, tworzą piękne kolorowe dywany. Sporo ich masz :-). Pozdrawiam. *** I really like the heath, forming a lovely colorful carpets. Many of you :-). Yours

Lona said...

You certainly have a pretty collection of them Cher. It would make such a lovely sight along a driveway. I have a pink blooming one but I love your whites. Stay warm it is nasty out there.

Mark and Gaz said...

Didn't know you have quite a collection of heathers there Cher. A lovely selection!!

Erin O'Riordan said...

The Kramer's Rote is very pretty.

scottweberpdx said...

So beautiful...you're really tempting me to try another Heather (even though I've already killed 2)! Maybe the 3rd time is a charm!

Carolyn ♥ said...

Lovely blooms! Only the aging hydrangeas have blooms (dried) in my gardens this time of year. I beginning to long for color.

Denise said...

Beautiful! It's lovely to see all the selections. I didn't realize there were several varieties. Always fun to learn something new.

Kippy Marrie said...

Amiguinhas queridas...
Fotos lindas e diferentes.
Parabéns.

Quero convidar voces a vir comer bolo em meu blog que está em festa pela conquista de 500 amigos seguidores e voces fazem parte desta festa, claro.
Espero voces com muito amor e alegria.
OBRIGADA PELA AMIZADE!
Ótima semana...
Aus e beijos com amor ...

KIPPY & LILLY

Andrea said...

Hi Cher, even if i just know heather by name and not seen them in person, your shots made them very beautiful. I am amazed at the so many varieties, and you have most of them in your garden. I am sure you really give them much attention. Thanks for coming to my post.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Look spectacular. Like colourful snowflakes.

Malar said...

All of them look so beautiful! Nice collection of Heather plants!

carmencreazioni said...

Anche a me piace questa pianta moltissimo!!!Complimenti per le bellissime fioriture!!

Patsy said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Wow! These flowers are so beautiful Cher! The colours are awesome. I hope your day is going very well. Take care.

Neuer Gartentraum said...

Oh, was für wunderschöne Heidesorten hast du!
Ich habe auch schon einige Versuche mit Heide gestartet. Aber unser Boden ist zu kalkhaltig und sie wachsen nicht richtig.
Gruß
Anette

La Gata Coqueta said...



Hoy día del amor y la Amistad me detengo a tú lado, para sentirme arropada por el calor y el afecto entrañable que se respira en este tu espacio.

Para los enamorados;
que lo han estado,
para los que lo están,
y para los que pronto
lo estarán.

Para todos ellos!!

¡¡Feliz día de San Valentín!

Muackkkkkkk
Muackkkkkkkkk
Muackkkkkkkkkkkkk

De esta tu siempre amiga…

María del Carmen



GRAÇA said...

A minha mami tem tres paixões
1-papai
2-eu
3-flores
-- Eu sou uma gatinha que foi adoptado e tive a sorte de ter uma mãe que me dá muito amor e que me deu nome Kika
Como eu amo ter amigos venho convida-te para seres minha amiga, lá vais encontrar outros amigos que já conheces, eles também são meus amigos
Fico esperando as vossas fotos e visita
Turrinhas carinhosas miaumiau

Kika♥♥♥

Birdwoman said...

What lovely color for mid-winter! Your garden is spectacular.

Jenni @ RainyDayGardener said...

What a treat to find your blog and see all of these great varieties of heather! What a pretty treat for winter blooms :) Cheers, Jenni

darbycreekyorks said...

I need to get me some winter blooming lavendar. Something needs to brighten up my dreary winter yard! Lovely!

dorothy said...

Your heathers are so pretty! I wish we could grow them here! Happy Bloom Day and happy almost spring!

Julie said...

What a stunning variety of heathers and heaths...just lovely! I think I need to add some to our front garden. Thanks for sharing!

The Sage Butterfly said...

Mine is beginning to bloom...such a nice treat in winter. These varieties you have illustrated are lovely.

Michael said...

I love Heather. It reminds me of my Scottish grandmother. I would like to start using it in my designs this Spring. I'll let you know how it fares in my fair city.

Cheers,
Michael

La Gata Coqueta said...



La Vida es espectacular y hay que aprovechar a disfrutarla en todas sus vertientes, incluido el carnaval que mañana es su día grande y algunos de los más jóvenes lo pasaran en grande devolviéndoles la ilusión a los no ya tan jóvenes...

Te deseo un fin de semana lleno de todo aquello que tu alma necesite por abrigo...

Un beso
un abrazo
y mi aprecio
para siempre

María del Carmen


*~Kaki e Kiwi ~* said...

Hello beautiful, we were missing!
actually moves the small
at all! More big girl now now she is not ready and more!
never forget us!
XOXO

Self Sagacity said...

that is beautiful. Visiting from Friendship Friday.

Landbohaven said...

Tak for de fine billeder.
Ha` en god søndag.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

I had no idea there were so many different kinds of heather! I sure didn't know it would bloom in the winter either! I only tried it once but I didn't like how woody it got. I suppose it depends on the variety. The Kramer's Rote looks wonderful, but I'll have to see if it grows in my zone.

Paula Robinson said...

I love those blooms! I think the Spring Cottage is my fav. Reminds me of coral I see when diving!

following/stopping by from the stalk hop!

XOXO
Paula

Isabelle Thornton said...

I love this plant! Very good post about it!
Thanks for saying hi.
Xo
Isabelle

Frugal in WV said...

Very beautiful! Growing up my mom had a ton of heather bushes, she loved them!

Julia@PolkaDotGaloshes said...

Your Heathers a beautiful! I am partial to the fuchsia pinks, mine have just started blooming these last few weeks and I'm loving it! Although I can now see the ones I have cut back to hard, they didnt bloom to well this season. Hope you are well...cheers Julia xx

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá... Gosto muito de vir aqui ver as fotos. Legal que voce gostou de mim dirigindo o carro. Rsrsrs.
Bom final de semana.
Aus 1000 com carinho da amiga do Brasil ...

KIPPY

Autumn Belle said...

The Heather I know is a person. Heathers are not common plants in the tropics. I am surprise that there are so many flowers even in winter. A remarkable plant indeed.

Rohrerbot said...

This is a great plant to add some color to a brown landscape. Although this year I'm imagining it's a warmer in your area.

Aguilar Elliot said...

so colorful! i like!

La Gata Coqueta said...



Pasa un grato fin de semana…

Envolviendo sentimientos
en suaves telas de terciopelo
para elevarlos al universo
entre nubes de caramelo.

Un beso al viento

María del Carmen

Pam said...

How beautiful!! My daughter and I have just started gardening the last few years and are thoroughly hooked. Your plants are stunning. We have a Yorkie too (Sunny)! We are in love with her. I am your newest Linky Follower. Hope you'll come visit us.

Lydia Criss Mays said...

Happy to be your newest Linky Follower! LOVE the talent you share on your blog! Will be back soon to keep learning from you! We think you'd enjoy See Beautiful too!

Happy seeing beautiful!
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Lynn said...

My, sure have a green thumb! Lovely! I'm visiting from the Blog Hop and following you via Linky Followers. I hope you'll pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow me back via Linky. Thanks!!
Lynn
www.cottageandcreek.com

Casa Mariposa said...

Heather doesn't grow well here so I have no experience with it. Yours are really lovely. It would be nice to have some late winter blooms to look forward to.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Well don't we just love that you're growing things in the Buckeye state? There's nothing worse than looking at all of those beautiful plants from blogs in the Carolinas, and knowing that most wouldn't survive!! Love your bit on Heather. I don't think that either of us have grown it, but we just might have to try it this year around the shop!
Thanks for popping in and saying hello....we'll be back to check and see what else is growing :)
Karla & Karrie

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Thanks for linking up with the Planet Weidknecht weekend hop!

Mudpiesandtiaras said...

makes me ready for Spring! here from the hop http://www.mudpiesandtiaras.com/

La Gata Coqueta said...



Las palabras nacen en el jardín de tu alma
como las flores brotan en el vergel de los sueños
de pétalos transparentes besados por la tundra
emanando fragancias que aromatizan mis oídos…

Un abrazo de ruiseñor
y un beso de mariposa
para enarbolar una sonrisa
en el arcoíris de esta mañana…

María del Carmen

Susanne said...

You have a pretty collection of Heather´s. Nice colours especially Kramers Rote.
Love them all.

Hugs

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amigunhas...
Obrigada pela visita e por ter gostado do meu chapéu.
Realmente... Não é muito confortável para nós... doguinhos.
Rsssssss.
Ótimo final de semana.
Aus da amiga do Brasil...

KIPPY

La Gata Coqueta said...



Un buen fin de semana te deseo con el afecto que hemos granjeado desde que he tenido el gusto de conocerte.

Un beso y una melodía en armonía al día de hoy.

María del Carmen


Makarimi said...

Thumb up! Really nice flower. Now that spring is in the air ;)

Diane said...

Hello Cher! It's so nice to see the colour you still have going on in your garden. Mine is pretty much all 'white' now. LOL. I hope to be back to regular posting and reading soon.

Diane

La Gata Coqueta said...



¡¡Feliz día de la mujer para ti!!

Siempre hay una mujer a nuestro lado, madre, hermana o amante esposa.
Ante ella hoy me inclino rindiendo mis respetos y admiración.

Una mujer no merece un día para honrarla, sino toda una vida para ensalzarla,
porque es maravillosa creación del Señor para germinar el cielo.

Un abrazo

María del Carmen

Beth said...

Your heathers are gorgeous, Cher! I haven't seen them in our area but will keep me eyes open for them now that I know how lovely they are.
I enjoyed seeing your room/garage redo. Sounds like a few mixed feelings on it but as you said, times and things change.
Now I'm off to read your post on heuchera, sedum, and the new driveway!
Have a glorious day!
Beth

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Lorraine Syratt said...

Lovely selections of heather. I haven't grown it myself, but I understand it's a great plant for early spring color. Must try some.

Lorraine @ RomanticGardening.com