• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Erica × darleyensis 'Lena'

heather 'Lena'

© RHS / Joanna Kossak
  • Other common names heather 'Lena'

  • Synonyms Erica carnea 'Lena'

  • Family Ericaceae

  • Genus Erica can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs with fine, needle-like leaves in whorls, and racemes or panicles of small, bell-shaped or tubular flowers

  • Details 'Lena' is a compact, spreading, evergreen shrub to 45cm tall and 60cm wide with dark green foliage and reddish-pink flowers borne from winter into spring

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam, Clay

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates limestone. See Hardy heathers for further advice

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Ground Cover Banks and Slopes Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 10

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally trouble free

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