Bright green leaves on upright plants provide the perfect backdrop to glistening, long lasting winter flowers.
Described by many as the best of the white 'Darley Dale Heathers' this beautiful plant lives up to its name. The bright green leaves of Erica 'White Perfection' add a fresh note to borders through the year and in spring the plants are tipped with creamy white new leaves that only add to its beauty. Upright spikes of pure white flowers, each with a brown centre that bees love to forage in, are endlessly produced through winter until well into spring providing welcome early colour in the garden and a lovely back drop to early spring bulbs. Erica 'White Perfection' is a hard working plant that fits beautifully into a mixed border as ground cover or planted with conifers, azaleas and rhododendrons where it will extent the season of interest and provide a lovely contrast in colour throughout the year. The beauty of this plant belies its hardiness where it will grow in even the most exposed of gardens.
A hard working plant that's easy to grow and makes good ground cover in sun or shade.
Plant Type: Heather
Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 45cm x W 75cm (Mature age: 3 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist, but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Banks & Slopes, Coastal Garden, Wildlife Garden, Rock Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Dry Shade
Season of Interest: Winter, Spring
Flowering (from - to): December - April
The 'Darley Dale Heathers' are some of the toughest in the Heather family and will grow in almost any soil as long as it is not waterlogged. They grow well in sun and will also tolerate a lot of shade which makes them useful plants for ground cover in tricky areas.
When planting add some multi-purpose compost or ericaceous compost to the soil and water your plant well before and after planting. Once established, Erica 'White Perfection' is drought tolerant and will need little watering.
Plants in the ground can be fed each spring with a general fertiliser and plants in containers can be fed once every two weeks through the growing season with a liquid feed. Add mulch of composted bark to top up the soil in spring or autumn.
Your plant can be clipped lightly in early summer to tidy the shoots but it's not essential to do this each year.