Pink Breath of Heaven (Coleonema pulchrum ‘Compacta’)
Pink Breath of Heaven
What do you think of when you hear a name like ‘Breath of Heaven’? Something light as air, or wispy like a cloud? Something that smells fresh and clean? Something…well…heavenly?
That’s what you get with Pink Breath of Heaven (Coleonema pulchrum ‘Compacta’). This compact shrub has lovely bright green, tiny heather-like leaves that give it a very soft look. These fine-textured, broadleaf evergreen needles release a gentle fragrance when crushed or brushed against.
This Breath of Heaven is covered with a blanket of ballet-slipper-pink flowers from spring to frost. Pink Breath of Heaven is an evergreen shrub that is hearty enough to stand up to windy and salty coastal conditions. It is also surprisingly drought-tolerant once it is established. Growing throughout the heat and humidity of USDA growing zones 9 to 11, these are deer and salt-resistant groundcover shrubs!
Pink Breath of Heaven makes a great specimen plant or a pretty backdrop for the border. They are perfect in pairs flanking a garden bench, too. Let cascade over a retaining wall or throughout a Rock Gardens as a wonderfully flowing and vivid accent! Mix into a shrub border, or use as sprawling edging to set your taller shrubs and evergreens light with color! Add vivid pops of color to cottage gardens and as roadside hell-strip plantings.
For a truly spectacular sight, use them to cover a slope! They will pour down the sides like a gently flowing stream of soft pink and green and help to stop erosion and stabilize the soil with aplomb! The low-growing nature of these plants makes them ideal as cascading spillers in large planters and porch and patio containers! It makes a great plant along a walkway or a path where your garden guests can both touch the soft foliage and smell the sweet heath scent!
Plant your ornamental flowering shrub in a full sun location for the most blooms! Provide a very well-drained soil location that is slightly acidic and moderately moist. These shrubs handle sandy, coastal conditions. Shrubs appreciate and top-dressed with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch. Prune immediately after flowering for the best results.
The gorgeous low-growing groundcover with vibrant color, the Pink Breath of Heaven will enliven your landscape with fragrance. Make sure to add this beauty to your garden this year no matter where you live!
|Pink Breath of Heaven
|Coleonema pulchrum 'Compacta'
|2 - 3 ft.
|4 - 6 ft.
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
|Low Once Established