x Phylliopsis ‘Coppelia’ – This dwarf evergreen shrub is an intentional cross of Kalmiopsis leachiana and Phyllodoce empetriformis made by Barry Starling in 1975. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and features purplish-pink flowers borne in terminal clusters from April to May. Prefers fertile acidic soils. Grows 10-12″ high by 12-15″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Andromeda polifolia ‘Blue Ice’ – With a common name of Bog Rosemary you know that this compact evergreen shrub tolerates wet to moist soils unlike any heath or heather. The steel blue foliage does have a passing resemblance to rosemary and is nicely complimented by the pink bell-shaped spring flowers. Prefers part to full sun. Grows 12-18″ high by 24-30″ wide. Zone 2.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Hoyerhagen’ – A multipurpose Scotch Heather with spiky golden scale-like foliage and reddish-pink blooms near the tips from August to September. The foliage takes on prominent reddish-orange highlights (shown in photo) during the colder winter weather. Prune faded flower spikes after blooming. Grows 10″ high by 14″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Kalmiopsis leachiana ‘Umpqua Form’ (syn. Kalmiopsis fragrans) – A rare Oregon native with glossy grey-green foliage and clusters of saucer-shaped pink flowers in May, with a light repeat bloom in the fall. This spreading evergreen shrub has a similar growth habit to heather preferring part to full sun, and the fragrant flowers attract pollinators. Grows 12″ high by 24″ wide. Zone 5.
x Phylliopsis ‘Sugar Plum’ (syn. Phylliopsis hillieri) – This is a bigeneric cross between Phyllodoce caerulea and Kalmiopsis leachiana produced by Hillier’s Nursery in England. It features mid pink bell-shaped flowers (from May to June) over evergreen foliage. It is a good choice for planting at the top of walls or in rockeries. Grows 8-12″ high by 12-20″ wide. Zone 5.