Sheena’s Plant of the Month for January: Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’
Unlike most heathers, Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’ is an attractive, slightly trailing, evergreen shrub that will tolerate some alkaline in the soil, so if you love the look of heathers but don’t have an acid soil, this plant makes a good choice.
The ideal situation for heathers is in a rock garden, where the soil is free draining. They will not tolerate being water-logged at all and do best in an open sunny site. After flowering, trim off the old flowers with shears and give a little dressing of compost to encourage more of the charming little flowers the following January. There’s also a pretty pink version available, ‘Springwood Pink.’
Springwood White photo (top): copyright http://www1.lf1.cuni.cz under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
Springwood Pink photo (bottom): copyright Monteregina (Nicole) on Flickr, under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)