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Erica cerinthoides Scarlet Heath 140MM

Erica cerinthoides ‘Scarlet Heath’ – 140MM

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I am Scarlet Heath. My family originated from South Africa

Botanic Name: erica cerinthoides

Mounding – Bright red flowers

Commonly known as scarlet heath I a stunning evergreen shrub that will bring a burst of colour to any garden. I am characterised by my needle-like leaves that are green in colour and arranged in whorls along the stems.

In the spring and early summer I produce a profusion of bell-shaped flowers that range in colour from deep red to pink. My flowers are borne in clusters at the ends of my stems and attract a variety of pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden.

I prefer an acidic, well-drained soil and I thrive in full sun to partial shade. I do best in consistently moist but not waterlogged soils and quality potting mixes when grown in a pot or container.

Use me to add a splash of color to your garden With proper care and maintenance, I will reward you with a beautiful display of flowers year after year.

Full Sun (6+ hours of direct sun)
Height: 1m Width: 1m
I perform at my best with consistent moisture
Low maintenance
I am happiest in a free draining slightly acidic soils and quality potting mixes. Avoid limey alkaline soils
I am popular and will make you happy because…
I bloom prolifically from winter through spring with clusters of bright red flowers on the ends of my branches
My compact form makes me ideal for rockeries, borders and beside pathways
Adaptable I am just as happy growing in a pot or other container as I am planted out in the garden

    Plant me:

  • in pots and other containers
  • in garden beds and general landscaping
  • to be cut flowers to be enjoyed indoors
  • as a screening hedge

Tips for success…

Mulch well and add organic matter to the soil to improve soil water retention
Plant me 70cm apart
100% Recyclable Pot and Label
Most pots and labels made from 100% recycled polypropylene

Plant family: Ericaceae
Other names: Red hairy heath


What is the Small Spaces™ Collection

No matter how Narrow & Small your modern urban space is, you can create a lush & colourful garden or courtyard.

Combine the habits of Upright, Mounding & Trailing for easy colourful arrangements in pots, containers or garden beds.

Available in 140mm, 180mm and 200mm pots

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Upright - Mounding - Trailing

A simple recipe to create professional-looking plants and garden designs

By having the plants divided in the three types, Upright, Mounding or Trailing, we remove the intimidation factor to create your own gardening designs.


Upright plants

Also called thrillers, are the big, bold focal point, the centerpiece plant for your design. This plant provides an eye-catching vertical element.

You first select your Upright plant, which usually will be the tallest plants, and the starting point of your design.
Then, when is time to plant, the Upright plant goes in the center if your pot that will be viewed from all sides.
You planted in the back of a pot, or the back of a garden bed, depending on your focal point.

A great upright choice is tall ornamental grasses such as purple fountain grass or liriopes. You can find them under our Mighty Tuff® collection. Or you can use anigozanthos from our Nature's Nectar®.
Small Spaces offers a collection of flowering plants ideal to use as thrillers, such are Cannas, Alstroemerias, Mandevilleas or you can even use some dwarf pittosporums


Mounding plants

Also called fillers, are mid-size, mounding, or rounded plants that surround and complement but not overwhelm the upright plant and fill the space in the planter or garden. You can use one filler or opt for two or three different plants in your container or garden design. Pick colours that complement your Upright Plant, or different textures, like a round-leaved mounding plant with a spiky Upright plant.

Often, they help by hiding the bare knees, the less interesting stems or stalks of the Upright plants

The difficult part is selecting the plant from so many choices, but a few suggestions include: cupheas, salvias, scaevolas, pelargoniums, etc.


Trailing plants

Also called spillers, are splashy plants that cascade and tumble over the sides of containers or cascaiding down a wall .

Even though the main rule of this plants is to sprawl over the side of the pots, sometimes it's fun to unify a composition by training a few tendrils of a Trailing plant to climb into and through both the Mounding and Upright plants.

You can use some of this varieties as Trailing plants: ajugas, campanulas, lotus Red Flash, lobelias, Veronica Oxford Blue, etc.

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