Heather is native to western and northern Europe. It seems to thrive in cold weather and rocky soil - perfect for Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.
Pink & white photos above taken Feb 2010.
Rose with a backdrop of autumn flowering heather. Photo taken Sept 2010.
Below: photo, Feb 2010.
I'm afraid my heathers are randomly stuck in the garden. Two of the pink heathers are pictured below.
Hope this post didn't put you to sleep!