Heaths have fine, short, needle-like evergreen leaves that vary from deep green to silver, gold, or chartreuse. Tiny urn-shaped flowers sparkle like hoarfrost, in shades from white to pinks and rosy purples. Though most floriferous in winter and early spring (and highly welcome at that dreary time), a scheme for year-round color can be developed by combining with Callunas.
Discovered as a chance seedling at the British nursery, Holden Clough, and named for the owners’ daughter, this outstanding bushy cultivar is distinguished by erect racemes of lovely rose pink blooms and lucent short-needled golden yellow leaves that brandish warm bronze shades during the colder months. The x darleyensis hybrids combine ironclad mettles with innate good looks, conquering variable moisture plus an array of soil types far better than most Ericas, and spirited ‘Mary Helen’ is a fetching example. Highly effective when massed, her stylish countenance lends colorful year-round allure to a stone wall, Heather garden or mixed border.
Size: 10" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Erica carnea ‘Ann Sparkes’
- Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’
- Erica carnea ‘King George’
- Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’
- Erica carnea ‘Pink Spangles’
- Erica carnea ‘Schneekuppe’
- Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’
- Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’
- Erica carnea ‘Vivelli’
- Erica cinerea ‘C. D. Eason’
- Erica cinerea ‘Purple Beauty’
- Erica x x darleyensis ‘Furzey’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Red’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’
- Erica erigena f. aureifolia ‘Golden Lady’
- Erica erigena ‘W. T. Rackliff’
- Erica vagans ‘Mrs. D. F. Maxwell’