Searching the BeeSource archives for information on heather did not reveal all that much. It has come up a time or two - but I couldn't find any recent posts.

So I'm wondering if heather is a good plant to add to the mix of things that bloom during July/August - My plan would be to plant it along a hedgerow that I have and along field edges. I hope that after a few years it will have spread enough to amount to a decent nectar source for the bees. Far fetched? I have acidic soil so no problem there!

I am not looking to collect heather honey but rather to add to what is available to bees during our usual dearth period.

So specific questions - What is reasonable planting density? How quickly does it spread? What varieties are known to be good for honey production?

Trying to think outside the box!