How to Garden for Heather Flowers


Heather (Calluna vulgaris), also known as Scotch heather, is an evergreen perennial flower most often used as a specimen plant in rock gardens or a groundcover on a sunny hillside. Growing up to 2 feet, heather forms a wave of tiny pink or white flowers that is hardy in zones 4 to 8. One of the perks of this hardy little plant is that it does best in poor, sandy, slightly acidic soil. Heathers bloom from midsummer to fall and prefer full sun. Heathers also make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers.

Step 1

Choose a site with full sun and slightly acidic, sandy soil. Planting should be done in early spring.

Step 2

Add peat moss to the soil by mixing it together with a shovel.

Step 3

Dig a hole that will accommodate your heather plant. If planting multiples, they should be spaced at least 2 feet apart.

Step 4

Place the heather in the hole, cover with soil and compact it to remove any air pockets. Water thoroughly.

Step 5

Water regularly during excessive heat or dry spells. You can also add a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to keep in moisture.

Step 6

Snip off any faded or spent flowers to keep the plant blooming and alleviate its leggy tendency.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Heather plant(s)
  • Peat moss
  • Water


  • "Pick the Right Plant;" Time-Life Books, 1998.
  • "Rock & Water Gardens;" Ogden Tanner, 1979.
  • Heather
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