• 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

Daboecia × scotica 'Barbara Phillips'

  • Synonyms Daboecia cantabrica subsp. scotica 'Barbara Phillips'

  • Family Ericaceae

  • Genus Daboecia are dwarf evergreen shrubs with small, leathery dark green leaves, paler beneath, and terminal racemes or panicles of relatively large, nodding, urn-shaped flowers from early summer to autumn

  • Details 'Barbara Phillips' is a dwarf evergreen shrub with dark green foliage and loose racemes of reddish-purple flowers from mid summer to late autumn


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • 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)




  • Full Sun

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

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows well in acid soil but will tolerate neutral sites. Tolerant of partial shade. Can be grown in containers in ericaceous compost. See Hardy heathers for further advice

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in midsummer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Rock Garden Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 10 in early to mid spring

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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