Deep bronze-green leaves are the perfect contrast to richly coloured flowers that give valuable winter impact.
A picture through the winter months, Erica 'Kramer's Red' is covered in long lasting deep pink flowers that really stand out against the needle-like leaves. This lovely heather is low growing with a neat shape that will slowly spread at the front of a border where it will always be admired. The dark leaves combine well with other heathers and conifers as well as evergreen shrubs and will add interest and texture to the garden throughout the year. Short spikes of flowers appear over a very long season, providing colour during the coldest months and cleverly linking winter to spring. Erica flowers are also an important source of food for early bees as they forage on warm winter days. Happy in sun or part shade, this tough little plant is very useful for very exposed and coital gardens.
A beautiful and versatile heather that looks great in a border, rock garden or as ground cover in low maintenance areas.
Plant Type: Heather
Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 45cm x W 60cm (Mature age: 3 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green, Brown
Flower Colour: Pink
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist, but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Banks & Slopes, Coastal Garden, Wildlife Garden, Rock Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Dry Shade
Season of Interest: Winter, Spring
Flowering (from - to): January - April
The 'Darley Dale Heathers' are some of the toughest in the Heather family and will grow in almost any soil as long as it is not waterlogged. They grow well in sun and will also tolerate a lot of shade which makes them useful plants for ground cover in tricky areas.
When planting add some multi-purpose compost or ericaceous compost to the soil and water your plant well before and after planting. Once established, Erica 'Kramer's Red' is drought tolerant and will need little watering.
Plants in the ground can be fed each spring with a general fertiliser and plants in containers can be fed once every two weeks through the growing season with a liquid feed. Add mulch of composted bark to top up the soil in spring or autumn.
Your plant can be clipped lightly in early summer to tidy the shoots but it's not essential to do this each year.