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Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Plants of Merit

  • Red Fred Heather creates a soft mound of color all year long.

    Sandra Schumacher / Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens

    Red Fred Heather creates a soft mound of color all year long.

What:
Calluna vulgaris, commonly known as Red Fred Heather, is a true Scotch heather. Its lavender pink flowers beautifully contrast with the crimson red foliage.
In the fall it features the lovely bell-shaped flowers, followed by green-bronze foliage in the winter. It is a delight for all seasons.
Sun or shade::The most striking color display for Red Fred is achieved in full sun, but it will tolerate some shade.
Size:/b> It is a perfect front-of-the-border plant, not only for the attention the colors draw, but also because of its size. Red Fred grows approximately 1 foot high by 1.5 feet wide and creates a soft mound of color all year long.
See it:At the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; on the western side of the parking lot along the Urban Tree Walk.
For more information, take the arboretum virtual photo tour on www. evergreenarboretumcom or call 425-257-8597 for information or group tours.
Source: Sandra Schumacher/Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens Foundation
Story tags » Gardening

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