The heather flower appears in mid summer to mid fall on this low growing ground cover shrub. Heather plant care usually should not include pruning, as this may disturb the natural look of growing heather. Scotch heather plant care does not include heavy watering once the plant is established, usually after the first year. However, the shrub is not drought tolerant in all landscape situations. After being established, heather is picky about water requirements, needing about an inch per week, including rainfall and supplemental irrigation. Too much water of growing heather can cause roots to rot, but soil should remain consistently moist.
- Light Needs: Light Shade
- Watering Needs: Water regularly to keep the soil evenly moist, but never soggy.
Brilliant blooms of the heather flower attract gardeners to this low growing evergreen shrub. Various performance results from growing heather. Size and forms of the shrub vary greatly and many colors of the blooming heather flower exist. Common heather (Calluna vulgaris) is native to the moors and bogs of Europe and may be difficult to grow in some areas of the United States. However, gardeners continue planting heather for its spectacular form and foliage and for the racemes of the heather flower.