My creeping heath is starting to bloom and every spring I
debate about pulling it up and planting something in its place.
I wonder if it is worthy of the space that it occupies in my
small flower beds. It is located on a difficult banking area that
mounds around the garage and was put there originally to
help keep the bank from washing away. It is such a slow
grower that it would not have prevented any erosion but it is
the one flower that blooms before others and even blooms with
snow on it and around it.
Creeping Heath or Heather Erica Carnea hybrid
It is a low growing ground cover that is suppose to bloom
from November into early spring but I find that mine blooms
best from late February into early spring. Planted in mass it
would be beautiful as on the hills of Scotland but by itself and
I have three scattered along the bank it does not make the
statement that I wanted.
It is easy to grow and will grow in even in very poor soil which is
another reason it is beside the garage where there is gravel and
rocky clay soil. It is an evergreen plant that has thousands of
tiny bell shaped flowers.
There are other plants that could take its place now that the
banking is stable but the debate is still going on as to digging it
up and replacing it.