Heather, the HTA's "plant of the month" for February, has been hailed by TV's the "urban birder" for its role supporting plants.
Celebrity "urban birder" David Lindo said: "Heather is an extremely important plant in Britain’s moorlands and heaths with 46 species of birds depending on it for feeding and breeding.
"My favourite bird, the Ring Ouzel - a type of thrush, is very associated with heather as is the gorgeous Dartford Warbler. They, like I, cannot live without heather."
Heather varieties recommended by the RHS include:
- Erica Carnea Alba Golden Starlet
- Erica Carnea Alba Isabell
- Erica Carnea Challenger
- Erica Carnea Rosalie
- Erica Carnea Wintersonne
- Erica Darleyensis Albiflora White Perfection
- Erica Darleyensis J W Porter
- Erica Darleyensis Kramers Rote