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Mediterranean White Winter Heath
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A different kind of snow! Imagine looking out your window in the depths of winter and seeing not the usual white stuff, but drifts of pristine snow-white flowers! Mediterranean White Winter Heath brings the dormant season to life with masses of tiny blooms. This sweet edging, massing, or container plant will help you create a joyful and welcoming landscape in all seasons. Use it in your entryway garden to greet guests as they approach your front door, or make a dramaticsweep of winter color in a meadow planting out back. Simply delightful.
- Hardiness Zone: 6-8
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As you can probably guess from the name, Mediterranean White hails from Europe. This is a spontaneously occurring hybrid of two species of Heaths: the Winter Heath from central and southern Europe and the Irish Heath from Ireland, Spain, and Portugal. The hybrid first appeared at a nursery in Darley Dale, a small town in England. Heaths, closely related to Heathers, are interesting plants that tend to grow in wide-open spaces where the soil is naturally acidic. If Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Blueberries do well in your area, then Heaths will probably be happy in your soil as well.
Winter Heaths impart a romantic feel to the landscape, bringing to mind the picturesque country sides where they are native. Their tiny, needle-like leaves and clouds of dainty flowers create a dreamy look. Juxtapose Mediterranean White Winter Heath with bold-leaved plants to accentuate its fine, frothy texture.
How to Grow
Grow Mediterranean White Winter Heath in full sun for best results. It doesn’t like to be shaded by other plants. Soil is important, too. It should be acidic, free-draining, and well supplied with organic matter, yet not overly rich. Heaths are plants that are adapted to peaty, low-nutrient soils. (Heavy clay is a no-go.) Provide regular water during dry spells. Winter Heaths thrive in cool-summer places and do best in this country in the Pacific Northwest and the milder parts of New England. They tend to suffer in the hot and humid Southeast, although Mediterranean White is one of the most durable in that region.
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