Erica carnea is the ‘winter heath’ readily available in garden centres. This species can survive in alkaline conditions but is happiest in a more acidic environment. Erica cinerea (bell heather), E. tetralix (cross-leaved heath) and E. vagans (Cornish heath) flower between June and November. All are excellent honey bee plants it’s just a question of overcoming their seventies image. Check out this contemporary design with them.