I came across a beautiful alternative the other day:
But, you might ask, am I sure the pink plant here is Heath and not Heather?
Yes, I'm sure. Though, it took me a long time to get it right!
Both Heath and Heather are part of the Ericaceae family which includes plants such as cranberry, blueberry, azalea and rhododendron. The botanical genus for Heath is Erica and Calluna for Heather.
A few of the main differences:
- Bloom time: Heath blooms in late winter/early spring; Heather blooms midsummer through the fall
- Leaves: Heath has distinctive single needle-like leaves; Heather has compact scale-like leaves
But for the most part, both Heaths and Heathers are nearly identical in form and growth habits, and both are evergreen, low maintenance plants.
The Heath and Pussy Willow combination could be great for a large container or even a bed that hasn't quite burst into bloom yet.