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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bud Blooming Heathers

Long Lasting Calluna vulgaris varieties

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Heathers

What is a bud blooming heather? Simply put, a bud bloomer is a variety of heather, more specifically, a Calluna, whose flower buds swell and colour up, but unlike traditional ericas or callunas, never open to reveal the flower.

Three bud blooming heathers

They are highly sought after for their colourful foliage, interesting texture and long lasting 'bloomtime'. Foliage ranges in colour from deep green to golden yellow and is evergreen. Their buds come in white, pink, red or purple and appear in late summer through fall. In Metro Vancouver, this is usually August through September.Most bud bloomers are hardy to zone 4.

Bud bloomers are excellent groundcovers and can be planted 12 or so inches apart. They will slowly form a dense mat that should defeat most weeds. A well drained, acidic soil that is rich in nutrients in a sunny location is recommended. Bud Blooming heathers are also excellent in containers.

Many varieties of bud blooming heathers are available today including the following:

Common Bud Blooming Heathers

Calluna vulgaris 'Larissa'

Larissa features red buds on a plant that will grow 12 inches tall and up to 18 inches wide.

Calluna vulgaris 'Alicia'

A white budded calluna that grows 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide.

Calluna vulgaris 'Zeta'

Zeta features year round yellow foliage. Grows 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide.

Calluna vulgaris 'Amethyst'

Purple-crimson buds grace this long lasting bud blooming heather. Grows 12 inches high and 16 inches wide.

Calluna vulgaris 'Selly'

Selly features deep pink buds on a larger plant that grows to 20 inches in height and 28 inches across.

Calluna vulgaris 'Amanda'

This bud bloomer has pink buds and grows 12 inches high and 16 inches wide. It blooms from August to September.

Calluna vulgaris 'Sandy'

Sandy grows 14 inches tall and 16 inches wide. Its buds are white and bloom from August to November like most other bud bloomers.

Calluna vulgaris 'Wynanda'

A pink-purple bud bloomer that grows to 20 inches tall and 28 inches wide

Calluna vulgaris 'TriColour'

A mixed bouquet of bud blooming heather with three different varieties in the same pot.

5 Good Reasons to Plant Heather

  1. Easy to Grow, Low Maintenance
  2. Long Life Span
  3. Long Lasting Blooms
  4. Huge Range of Colours
  5. Can Be Planted In Containers

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Friday, September 16, 2011
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

With so many plants available these days, its hard to bring attention to just a few. With that said, we think these are remarkable because their beauty comes not from their flowers, but from other attributes of interest.

Hosta Empress Wu Hosta 'Empress Wu'

This is the worlds largest Hosta. It reaches an astounding 4 1/2 feet tall, up to six feet wide with gigantic two-foot leaves. Foliage is deeply veined and of good substance. Blooms appear in early to mid summer, just above the foliage. An outstanding focal point. This plant is best in full to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. We have limited quantities available for Fall 2011, so if you want one of these specimens, call ahead or hurry in!

Giant Zebra Grass Giant Zebra Grass
Miscanthus giganteus 'Lottum'

This grass features large clumps of downward arching foliage with yellow banding. What make it special is its size. This monster will grow up to 9 feet high and 6 feet wide. It also extremely fast growing - reaching 2 metres in a season! Its an excellent plant for a screen, seasonal hedging or as a feature specimen in large containers. Giant Zebra grass is a warm season grass meaning it performs best in the warmer months, late spring, summer and early fall. Cut it back in early spring to give it a clean appearance. Hardy to zone 4.

Upright Japanese Plum Yew Upright Japanese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata'

There is more to gardens than flowers. This attractive conifer features dark green, shiny, blunt-ended needlelike foliage. It is both heat and shade tolerant and will thrive in areas of morning sun and afternoon shade. It is ideally suited for temperate gardens and is known to its carefree upright growth habit. Fairly slow growing. forms a broad upright shrub up to 10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Hardy to zone 7.

Bud Blooming Heathers Tri-Colour Bud Bloomers
Calluna vulgaris

These summer flowering heathers are truly a treat for the garden. Three different colour bud bloomer heathers in one pot. (A bud blooming variety has colourful flower buds, but no real flowers to speak of). They bloom prolifically from Late August through the fall, and do best in full sun to part shade. They prefer a moist, but well drained, peaty-acidic soil. For best appearance, trim them to the base of the flower spike after flowering. Grows up to 12 inches high and 1-2 feet wide.

Chinese Lantern Chinese Lanterns
Physalis alkekengi

Ok, we cheated, this very cool plant is renowned for its unique flowers. The Chinese Lantern or Physalis alkekengi features fall blooming brightly orange coloured papery pods that create a festive display on the front steps of patio. A very cool plant for Halloween too! Flowers can be cut and dried and used all through the winter as decorations. Grows 2-3 feet in height and does best in full to part sun. Hardy in zones 2-9.

If any of these interesting plants catch your attention, call or drop by Art's Nursery and we'll be happy to put one or more aside for you. If you have any questions or need help choosing the right plant for your garden, we're always here to help!


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