Erica lusitanica ‘Sunshine’

Flower buds bright dark pink, contrasting with pale yellow-green foliage, opening white; foliage yellow, fine; habit upright.

Seedling raised by Helmut Hiedl (Altusried, Germany). Resistant to Pestalotiopsis (an endophytic fungus that attacks heathers); suitable for cultivation under glass.

Erica x darleyensis ‘Mary Helen’

Pink (H8) flowers, II–IV; yellow-gold foliage in summer, turning bronze in winter; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Resembles ‘Jack H. Brummage‘, but slower growing and foliage darker and more colourful in benign environments. Recommended.

A seedling found by Peter J. Foley (Holden Clough Nursery, Bolton-by-Bowland, Lancashire, England) by 1980; introduced by Holden Clough Nursery in 1984.

Named after Mr & Mrs Foley’s [then] new baby daughter.

Erica erigena

Pink flowers (H8), corolla urn-shaped, 6mm, sepals the same colour, anthers very dark maroon; XII– ? III; dark green foliage; upright and compact; after 3 years, height about 30cm; spread 15cm but likely to get taller.

An early blooming clone, as yet not named, which starts to show colour in November and has mature flowers in December.

A good garden-worthy plant, wild-collected at Mulranny, County Mayo, by David Edge.

Erica x arendsiana ‘Charnwood Pink’

A hybrid between the bell heather (Erica cinerea) and the Corsican heath (Erica terminalis) which was first reported to have been created by Georg Arends. Kurt Kramer also succeeded in producing the same cross and extant clones represent

Blooms throughout autumn and winter into early spring.

One of the clones from Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany), named after a borough in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Toponym: Charnwood is the Loughborough borough in which the Halls’ garden is situated. The Borough of Charnwood is named after the ancient Charnwood Forest. The Oxford dictionary of English place names gives the mediaeval version of Charnwood as “Cernewoda” meaning “Wood in a rocky country”.

Daboecia cantabrica ‘Andrea’

St Dabeoc’s heath, Daboecia cantabrica, is native in Ireland.

Sprawling or compact shrub, to 40cm (16in) tall, spreading to 70cm (28in); leaves glossy, dark green 1.5cm (2/3in) long, 6mm (¼in) wide; flowers about 1cm (3/8in) long, usually lavender, summer to autumn. Suitable for USDA zone 6 with protection but some winter damage can occur if planted in heavy ground or frost pockets.

Flowers the same colour as ‘Amelie‘ (red);  a favourite with buyers at the recent Hampton Court show.

Selected by Johannes van Leuven in August 2007 from 15,000 seedlings.

Named, with her consent, after the actress Andrea Sawatzki.

® D.2009:02 registered on 19 August 2009 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldem-Lullingen, Germany.

Erica tetralix ‘L. E. Underwood’

Cerise (H6) flowers, the buds are salmon-coloured; grey-green foliage.

Collected at West End, Woking, Surrey.

Named after George Underwood’s brother, Leslie.

Image courtesy of David Brown.

Erica australis ‘Polar Express’

Flowers single, in groups of four at tips of shoots, flowering shoots very densely crowded towards ends of branches; corolla c. 9mm long, white, slightly curved, widening towards mouth; calyx segments unequal, with broad translucent margins and pale green mid-rib, lobes c. 3mm long, c. 1.5mm broad; anthers brown; style to 9mm long prominently emerging from corolla, style end green when fresh; nectar profuse.

Seedling 05-2-20 raised by K. Kramer in 2005, F2 seedling of self-pollinated ‘Mr Robert‘. Selected  and named by David Edge in 2016 after cultivation in Forest Edge Nurseries. Hardier than other clones of E. australis having survived a frost test as a seedling in Germany. Distinguished from ‘Mr Robert’ and ‘Holehird White’ by green style end.

Image courtesy of David Brown.