The Gazebo is sometimes called the Lover's Lookout. It is located at the high point of the Heather Garden and is sometimes graced by a piper. The bench by the Heather Garden pond is a good spot for a wee rest.
Common Name: Spring sowbread
Cyclamen repandum, with its distinctive heart-shaped leaves, is native to the Mediterranean but does well in our damper climate. It blooms in spring, with erect, purple-pink flowers (hence, the species name - repandum is Latin for bent back or turned up.)
From Erica's Notebook: Cyclamen are mostly from around the Mediterranean; their greatest concentration is in Greece, Italy and the former Yugoslavia. They may bloom in the spring, e.g. Cyclamen coum and C repandum, or in the fall after the first rains, such as C. hederifolium. The tubers may live to a ripe old age, 100 years or more! Cyclamen are in the Primulaceae family, and ants are largely responsible for dispersal of their seeds [myrmecochory].
Common name; Winter heath, heather Pink Spangles
Erica carnea 'Pink Spangles' is an evergreen subshrub to 15cm high and to 45cm wide, of prostrate habit with mid-green foliage and racemes of light rose-pink flowers, darkening as they age, in late winter and early spring.
Photos by Tresa Horney
Common names: Scotch heather, ling
Calluna vulgaris is an evergreen groundcover or small shrub which has purple flowers in late summer. It is native from northern Europe to Morocco. It grows up to 60 cm (2'). It likes acid, dry soil. It can quickly become shapeless if not pruned. Over 800 cultivars have been developed.
Calluna, erica, and daboecia are all commonly called heathers. You can distinguish between calluna and erica by their leaves. Erica has needle-like leaves, but those of calluna have scale-like, overlapping leaves.
Photos taken by Hughie Jones in late August.