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Calluna (Heather)
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Including Calluna varieties Sister Anne, Blazeaway, Wickwar Flame, Spring Torch, and October White

Calluna

Heather

Callunas’ tiny, scalelike leaves range from deepest green to silver, gold and bronze, with some changing color after a frost. Flowering from mid-to-late summer in cool whites, pinks and purples, the small, bell-shaped flowers are frozen in graceful repose on one-sided spikes. Heathers are marvelous fresh or dried.

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Calluna vulgaris ‘Blazeaway’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Blazeaway

Once you witness the blazing intensity of this bushy mat-forming beauty there’s no disputing its name. Summer paints sun-kissed gold and orange shades on dense needle-shaped foliage bejeweled with late blooming soft lavender-colored flowers, while frosty nights imbue radiant dark crimson reds to heat up the coldest winter day. ‘Blazeaway’ can be massed near Calluna ‘Firefly’ and Calluna ‘Wickwar Flame’ and juxtaposed against the dark greenery of Erica ‘Purple Beauty’ for a fulgent quiltlike spectacle.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 12" high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Blazeaway’ (S-0755)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Corbett’s Red’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Corbett’s Red

Named for the Oregon nursery where it originated, this reliable American cultivar offers striking crimson flowers that nearly obscure its low mound of handsome greenery. ‘Corbett’s Red’ is a compact, spreading Heather whose richly hued blooms can be partnered with Spiraea ‘Ogon’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 12" high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Corbett’s Red’ (S-0601)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Dark Beauty’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Dark Beauty

With full bodied colors similar to a fine Pinot Noir, this enticing beauty queen flaunts the darkest hued flower of all Callunas. Deep red buds reveal showy and plentiful, semi-double dark cherry blooms that shade to ruby amid a good-looking, compact darkly green silhouette.

Earning Holland’s prestigious Gold Medal award, ‘Dark Beauty’ will beckon you to her side whether she’s poised in the rockery, along a pathway or in a container.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 8"–10" high x 14"–16" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Dark Beauty’ (S-0654)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Firefly

Renowned for entertaining the richest, most vibrant brick-red foliage, ‘Firefly’ never fails to snap us out of a gray, winter-day funk. Splendid warm shades ranging from salmon to terracotta imbue the foliage the rest of the year, while deep mauve flowers festoon its upright, compact frame in late summer.

Awarded Britain’s coveted AGM award, this vividly colored heather merits a choice niche in your garden.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 18"–20" high wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’ (S-0653)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Flamingo’  full sun  partial shade

Welcoming spring, young growing tips dress up with striking pink and fiery red hues that look resplendent against the more mature dark green foliage. Lavender-colored flowers make a late summer appearance and extend this upright cultivar’s lively display of color.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 12" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Flamingo’ (S-0437)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Kinlochruel’  full sun  partial shade

Without a doubt, this AGM winner plays host to the most lovely double white flowers in the genus. Slowly opening, tiny buds reveal long, downward curving frosty blooms, illuminating the fine textured, bright green foliage that possesses a mounding habit, and in winter, bronze dipped tips.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 16" high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Kinlochruel’ (S-0008)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Martha Herman’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Martha Herman

Forming a dense low mat of showy bright green foliage, ‘Martha Herman’ is outstanding as a foil or accent with other Heathers and Heaths. Snow white flowers and horizontal spread are the icing on the cake. A real find!

Blooms July–August.

Size: 12" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Martha Herman’ (S-0009)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘October White’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris October White

Offering a clean and classic look out in the garden, this Calluna’s frosty white spires are highly valued by florists inside as well. Later to flower than most Heathers, the elegant fall blooms are showcased against handsome deep green foliage on upright branches. Counterpose its pert stance with Acaena saccaticupula’s low-lying, silvery blue leaves.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 16" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘October White’ (S-0576)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Red Star’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

Distinctive for its opulent finery, 'Red Star' flashes deep purplish red double blooms on long upright flower spikes near summer's end, earning this attractive somewhat open growing Calluna its name. Tiny dapper leaves craft a dark forest green foil that offsets the vivid blossoms and counterposes lime and golden-leafed Heathers, such as Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway' to great effect.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 12"–18" high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Red Star’ (S-0769)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Silver Knight’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Silver Knight

Heralding handsome woolly gray foliage throughout the year, this knightly cultivar is yet another J. W. Sparkes introduction. Colder weather paints violet tinges on the leaves, while late summer finds upright branches studded with purple flowers near the tips. Plant ‘Silver Knight’ amid deep green companions such as Calluna vulgaris ‘Dark Beauty’ and Erica ‘Rackliff’ and a captivating contrast is yours to enjoy.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 20" high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Silver Knight’ (S-0180)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Sister Anne’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Sister Anne

Bursting with lush growth in spring, ‘Sister Anne’s gray-green foliage contrasts nicely with its shell pink flowers. A winter chill will add a hint of purple to the foliage. This Heather is a dense mounding ground cover for lining walks or filling rocky nooks.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 6" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Sister Anne’ (S-0011)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Spring Torch’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Spring Torch

New foliage growth blazes orange-yellow, maturing to deep green, with medium pink flower spikes on a loosely mounding form.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 20" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Spring Torch’ (S-0013)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Tib’  full sun  partial shade

Way back in 1938, a Miss Isabel Young, who was nicknamed Tib, happened upon this exceptional Heather in Scotland’s Pentland Hills. Unparalleled as a cut flower, either fresh or dried, the splendid rosy crimson double blooms, borne on long, erect slender stems, festoon a compact bushy mound of fine textured dark green foliage.

Eventually winning a coveted AGM, ‘Tib’ has withstood the test of time and promises to be a champion in your garden, especially when juxtaposed against the contrasting foliage of other Callunas such as Calluna ‘Firefly’ and Calluna ‘Sister Anne’.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 18"–2' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Tib’ (S-0711)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Wickwar Flame’  full sun  partial shade
Calluna vulgaris Wickwar Flame

With so many upright and horizontal stems, this Heather has an especially wild appearance in its youth. When it matures, however, it develops into a dense, tight mound of unusual foliage: burnt orange-yellow on the upper half and lime-green below, where it is protected from the sun.

During the winter months the color intensifies, making the shrub appear almost as though it’s on fire. During the summer, the color spectrum is extended with lavender- pink flowers blooming along the upper portion of the stems.

Blooms late July–August.

Size: 15" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Wickwar Flame’ (S-0177)
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Calluna vulgaris ‘Winter Chocolate’  full sun  partial shade

A delightful melding of warm colors, ‘Winter Chocolate’ is a year-round standout in our Heather garden. Radiantly cloaked with chartreuse, chocolate and golden hues for winter, spring's new growth brings creamy salmon red tips. As the days grow longer, the foliage coloring broadens to a pleasing range of oranges, pinks and yellows, toned by bright greens. As if this isn’t enough, soft lavender blossoms just about smother the plant in late summer.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 12"–20" high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calluna vulgaris ‘Winter Chocolate’ (S-0470)
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