Friday, January 1, 2010

New Plants for 2010, Part 4

Are there too many Heuchera varieties? I would say, yes. Are they otherwise, great, colourful and so very cool plants? Again, the answer is yes.

I don't think there is another perennial that provides such a long season of interest, combination of foliage and flower, and the tapestry of colour. Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries in Oregon was one of the first to realize this, and capitalize on the potential of this North American genus. Ever since the introduction of his classic 'Plum Pudding', the gardening world has been enamoured by his "babies". Here's a few of the latest...

First is Heuchera 'Electra', with brilliant, blood-red veins on golden-yellow leaves. This vigorous variety delivers what 'Tiramisu' promised.

Second, is Heucherella 'Golden Zebra' with brilliant yellow leaves boldly splashed with dark red. Picture this in the garden beside a dark-leaved companion or in a fantastic container.

Finally, is Heucherella 'Sweet Tea', the most boldly-coloured variety ever! Huge cinnamon stars are surrounded by the lovliest orange tea-coloured borders. What a cool plant -- again, try in the garden or containers with darker or lighter-coloured companions.

In the meantime, there's lots of snow in Niagara, and I'm loving it.

Here's to dirt under your nails... in another 10 weeks or so. ;)

MPD, the coolplantsguy

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