‘Spring Torch’ gets its name from the vibrant color of its new growth in spring. The mid-green leaves are tipped in shades of cream, orange, and red. Later in the summer, mauve-pink flower spikes cover the plant and last into the fall. As cold weather sets in, leaves acquire bronze or purple tones, adding further interest. This small, mounding evergreen shrub makes a good ground cover or rock garden plant. To thrive, heather requires an open site with well-drained, fertile, acidic soil in full sun. Best to mulch and cover with pine boughs if snow cover is not consistent. You can prune annually in spring by cutting back flowered shoots to within an inch of previous year’s growth.