Calluna vulgaris ‘Lady in Red’ – The ‘bud bloomers’ are a fairly recent class of Scotch heather whose flower buds do not open, so while they bloom in August and September, the flower colour can actually last up until January. ‘Lady in Red’ features abundant bright crimson buds on evergreen shrubs ranging from 10-18″ tall and 12-14″ wide. Zone 6 hardy.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Veronique’ – Imagine a white-flowering heather that almost refuses to fade to brown and you have the perfect container accent. ‘Veronique’ is shown here in combination with Carex ‘Ice Dance’, Heuchera ‘Melting Fire’, gold violas and variegated ivy. This particular cultivar grows 15″ to 20″ tall and 16″ to 20″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Selly’ – Even juvenile plants of this impressive bud bloomer bear hundreds of deep rose-pink flowers that really stand out on those dull autumn days. Several other similar cultivars include ‘Leonie’ and ‘Salena’, both of which grow 12-18″ wide and 16-20″ tall. ‘Selly’ reaches heights of 12″ to 18″, with a similar spread. Zone 5 hardy.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Anouk’ – This newer introduction from the ‘Beauty Ladies’ series is quite the eye-catcher with pure white buds sparkling against bright gold foliage. As with all Calluna vulgaris, ‘Anouk’ is deer resistant (young deer might nibble until they gain a palate) and given its ultimate height of 12-14″, it would make a excellent tall groundcover. Zone 5 hardy.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Lianne’ – The dark violet buds of this cultivar begin to appear in August, but they are in their prime for the autumn planting season, when they make the perfect compliment to flowering kale, asters and yellow violas. ‘Lianne’ is also one of the ‘Beauty Ladies’ series and its winter foliage shifts to a deep purplish-green. Grows 16-20″ tall and 12-18″ wide. Zone 5 hardy.