‘Amy Doncaster’

Flowers rose-pink, reputed to be slightly darker than ‘Riverslea‘.

Seedling; found by Mrs Amy Doncaster in her garden at Chandlers Ford (Southampton, Hampshire, England); introduced by McPenny’s (Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset) in 1978 as E. carnea, and also labelled in their nursery E. arborea.

Named after the finder, Amy (née Baring), the second wife of Edwin Doncaster, who had a fine garden at Chandlers’ Ford, Hampshire (The garden 107: 5-10 (1982); Yearbook of The Heather Society 3 (8): 44-45 (1990)). Yearbook of The Heather Society 2 (9): 65-66 (1980); __ 3 (2): 67 (1984).

‘Castellar Blush’

Pale pink flowers, IV–VI; mid-green foliage; tall, rather open habit; height at least 1m; spread 75–100cm.


Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, IV–VI, slightly larger than those of ‘Riverslea‘; height at least 1m; spread 75–100cm. From the Lakeland Horticultural Society’s garden, Holehird, at Windermere, Cumbria.


Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, IV–VI; dark green foliage; height at least 1m; spread 75–100cm. Outstanding, but requires to be well pruned to avoid it becoming straggly.

Possible seedling; found by Aubrey Pritchard (Maurice Pritchard & Sons, Riverslea Nursery, Christchurch, Hampshire, England), and introduced by Pritchard’s Nursery before 1946. Also available from Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset) in 1946.

Riverslea was the name of Pritchard’s nursery. It is one word, not two


❁ Semi-double (the corolla has up to 6(–9) lobes) lilac-pink (H11) flowers, with <9 unequal, free sepals; bract and bracteoles stained dark red; III–V; foliage sage-green; bushy, well-branched, erect habit. Seedling raised by Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany) and selected for naming by David Edge (Forest Edge Nurseries, Dorset).

Named after Trisha Hardy, manageress at Forest Edge Nurseries.

® E.2007.01 registered 10 January 2007 by David Edge, Forest Edge Nurseries, Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset.