Erica cinerea 'Neptune'
You would think Neptune Heather is named after the Sea God, King Neptune. Maybe after a treasure that was prized by the mythical god bearing a similar color. The truth is much more simple! It is actually named after the area where it was found, Neptune Ave. Fort Bragg, California, U.S.A. It features beautiful upright evergreen foliage reaching around 2 feet in height and equally in width. Its bright magenta flowers turn cerise in appearance during the summer to early fall. It is that striking color along with its long flowering stems that sets this species apart from normal ground cover plants. This heather does best in zones 6 through 8 and like all variants, needs well drained soil to survive and more importantly, to grow. Use it in a mass planting along pathways or on a sloped incline and watch its low growing ground cover nature transform your landscape! You can also use it in containers or paired with taller more formal upright plants to really give the best visual impact.
Heathers add much color when mixing several varieties and planting them together in the landscape. Companion plants are below or just do a search for heather above.