‘Barbara Phillips’

Free-flowering; amethyst (H1) flowers; VI-XI; dark green foliage; road spreading habit; height 31-45cm; spread 61-75cm.

Selected from a bed of about 600 seedlings raised from open-pollinated Daboecia x scotica ‘William Buchanan’ by Peter Davis. Thus its correct name is also Daboecia x scotica and not Daboecia cantabrica (H. Blum unpublished).

Named after Barbara, wife of Brigadier C. F. Lucas-Phillips.


Lilac-pink (H11) flowers; VI-XI; glossy dark green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.


Amethyst (H1) flowers; V-IX; dark green foliage; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Everything about this plant is diminutive, tiny glossy leaves, small flowers and a very neat habit. A must for the sink or trough garden.

Seedling; raised by Mr M. H. Lunn in 1989 and introduced in 1991 by Crail Nurseries (Newstead Abbey Park, Nottinghamshire, England).

Named after the Lunns’ King Charles spaniel.


Large, pale lilac-pink (H11) flowers, in short spikes; VII-X; small, dark green leaves; compact habit; height 10–15cm; spread 10–15cm. Seedling of ‘William Buchanan‘ raised and introduced in 1970 by P. G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop, Netherlands) and named after Cora Jongeneel, his granddaughter.

‘Ellen Norris’

Young flowers rich velvety red (H9) before the corolla has fully opened, becoming amethyst (HI); corolla <lcm when fully open; with very sparse hairs when very young, when fully expanded appearing smooth and virtually hairless; erect flowering shoots to 40cm, with 12-15 bells; VII-X; leaves c. 0.5cm long, bright mid-green; habit stiff, erect, compact 15(-40)cm tall, spread 30cm (after 4-5 years).

Chance seedling in Paddy van Adrichem’s garden, near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Named by Joyce Prothero in memory of Ellen Norris (2 March 1928 – 12 September 2003), the “Heather Lady” of British Columbia.

Registered on 14 October 2003 by Vancouver Island Heather Chapter.

‘Golden Imp’

Purple (H10) flowers, opening two weeks later than ‘Red Imp‘; VI-X; golden foliage turning greenish yellow in autumn and winter; neat compact habit; height to 30cm; spread about 30cm.

A sport on ‘Red Imp‘ introduced in 1999 which is hardy. Some shoots may be green (and should be removed). Found in Boomkwekerijen Bosch (Westerlee, Groningen, Netherlands) in 1993;

Named alludes to the parent plant and the foliage colour. See Ericultura 115: 6 (1999).

‘Jack Drake’

Ruby (H5) flowers; V-VII; dark green foliage; neat compact habit; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Recommended where ‘William Buchanan‘ is considered too vigorous.

Seedling; raised by W. Buchanan (Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland) before 1960; introduced by Inshriach Nursery (Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland) and named after the nursery’s owner Jack Drake. The plant is generally regarded as being a hybrid.

Named after Major J. H. Drake, proprietor of Inshriach Nursery, Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

‘Katherine’s Choice’

Cerise (H6) flowers; V-VII; mid-green foliage; compact erect habit; height 16–20cm; spread 21–25cm. Named after the daughter of the raiser, David Edge (Wimborne, Dorset, England).

‘Pink Lantern’

Flowers pink; foliage bright green; habit low growing, broad. Chance seedling found c 1990 by John Proudfoot of Almondell Nursery, Methven, Perthsire, Scotland, c. 1990.

‘Red Imp’

Purple (H10) flowers; VI-X; dark green foliage; neat upright habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling, probably from ‘Jack Drake‘; found by Rinus Zwijnenburg; introduced in 1977 by P. G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop, Netherlands).

Named alludes to the habit and flower colour.


Large deep amethyst (H1) flowers; VI-X; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Seattle Lilac’

Flowers lilac; habit compact. Steve Hootman, Curator, Rliododendron Species Botanical Garden, Seattle, got the seed in 1992 from the North American Rock Garden Society seed exchange program. It was sent to the exchange by Jolyon Lea of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, as Daboecia azorica.

Registered 11 November 1998: A.P Dome, 4832 54″^ Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98119-1517, USA.


Very floriferous with white flowers; V-IX; mid-green foliage; neat habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Recommended. Found at Coldingham, Scotland.


Deep crimson (H13) flowers; V-XII;  dark green foliage; dwarf habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. This plant has a particularly long flowering period. Recommended.

Seedling from ‘William Buchanan’; raised in 1966 and introduced in 1976 by G. Yates (Tabramhill Gardens, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England).

Named after the nursery, then at Nottingham, where it originated.


Flowers heliotrope (H12); corolla small (less thcin 10mm) with a few scattered gland- tipped hairs; ovary with prominent gland-tipped hairs very obvious when corolla falls; VI-VII; foliage dark, glossy green; leaves to c. 6mm; habit low-growing, compact; height 15cm; spread 10cm after 3 years.

Self-sown seedling found in Forest Edge Nursery (Woodlands, Wimbome, Dorset); parentage not known but believed to be from Daboecia x scotica cultivars grown on the nursery. Given to Julian Fitz-Earle about 2006.

Name suggested by David Edge, because it was a tiny plant and Thumbelina was the name of the tiny girl from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.

® D.2009:01 registered on 18 Jime 2009 by Julian Fitz-Earle, West Wickham, Kent, UK.

‘William Buchanan ‘

Deep crimson (H13) flowers; V-X; dark green foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Outstanding mid-season plant, although it will continue flowering until the frosts. One of a number of seedlings found at Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland, by William Buchanan.

‘William Buchanan Gold’

Deep crimson (H13) flowers; V-IX; dark green foliage flecked with red, gold and yellow throughout the year; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Sport of ‘William Buchanan‘; found by Clive Baulu (Hardwicks Nursery, Newick, Sussex, England) about 1970; introduced about 1975 by Robinson’s Nursery (Knockholt, Kent).

Name alludes to the foliage colour, and the parent cultivar.