Posted: 04/03/2014 at 00:00
Been through the heather and conifer period.......loved what Adrian Bloom did. Fantastic all year round colour etc. However having a limited size garden and wamting to grow other things I limited myself to an area for heathers. They are on a slope amd set off shrubs behind them; they add winter colour through foliage and flower; they are low maintenance. My soil is neutral therefore precluding acid loving callunas, etc but if I had acid soil I would grow a lot more.
So, in my neutral soil I have grown pinks among my heathers......their blue foliage and summer flowers perfectly complement winter heathers. E.g. Yellow foliage carneas look good with blue dianthus foliage. Penstemons too can look good as individuals among heathers.
I have to differ from Hostafan......sorry hosta.....but Adrian Bloom inspired me. His island beds, his foliage contrasts........mixing purple foliaged shrubs with conifers and others......and his use of perennials was, still is, womderful for me.
Roses are so popular but not for me. They produce beautiful summer flowers, sometimes, but everybody grows them and mostly they grow them BADLY. They are often grown without companion plants so provide scratchy ugly scenery for most of the autumn and winter months. No, heathers are a classier option.