Now I’m going to clump my Heuchera’s together, so forgive me for that to start with.
Next I’m going to ask you to forgive the sickly taste of an obsequious lover of these plants.
You see, what started off as two Heuchera’s for my rockery are at the beginning as grown in to a full on love for these plants. For some people it’s Hosta’s or Helebores that they love in the shady bits of garden. I have both of those too, but I just adore the Heuchera.
As well as offering some nice ground covering foliage, in various glorious colours, it has beautiful elegantly tall stems of flowers. It offers interest in the garden for a long time. And for some reason, the slugs don’t touch it. Which is more than can be said for my heavily munched Hosta’s.
I currently have 3 varieties in the garden, but oh the plan is to have more, lots more.
Let’s start with my latest pair of Caramel Heuchera. This is a recent purchase and so I missed the flowering season of this one. However, I’m told it will have some creamy-white flowers when it does happen. What I loved about this particular one is contrasing leaf colours, the topside is a lovely gentle caramel-orange colour, whilst the underside is a much richer pink tone. Admitted you don’t often get to see the underside when you standing above it, but when you crouch down, or when the breeze blows it you get the flicker of the pink highlighting the plant. These two plants have doubled in size since I go them, I just have to hope that they survive the winter and I get to see them in all their flowering glory next year.
The second one I want to mention is Heuchera Cajun Fire. Now, I had two of these, one on the rockery, and one next to the pond. Only the latter survives currently. The other one got dug up by something – not sure whether it was the cat or something bigger, we do get foxes and under the rockery is home to a family of mice. I don’t mind the mice, but clearly the cat and the foxes also love this handy opportunity for something small to eat. Since the summer has filled it out and everything else have completley covered the soil they’ve not been able to dig, but that wasn’t the case in Spring when they got to this one.
The one beside the pond thrives. It is now Mid-September and this one is in full flower. The deep red foliage really stands out alongside all the green plants surrounding it and the delicate pinky-white flowers stand tall enough to be seen above everything else. For some reason I have been drawn to plants with red foliage this year, I think it just breaks up all the greenery and helps other plants stand out too, so that’s how I’m using it. It’s striking by itself, but it does help show off it’s neighbours too. A very considerate plant.
The final one in the garden at the moment is, I think, Heucera Citronelle or Lime Marmalade, I’ve a feeling it’s the latter but I’ve lost the label and can’t quite remember. Either way, this is stunning vivid lime green foliage, and when in amongst other plants such as Ice Plant, Saxifraga, Ferns etc it really shines out at you. This one was in flower back at the end of May and through until late July.
The other reason I love these plants? They are evergreen. Once all of my perennials have died away, all my deciduous trees and shrubs are nothing but sticks in the ground, my Heuchera’s will giving the garden some interest. Plus, they are easy to grow (unless something digs them up!)
Do watch out though, whilst some are happy to be in the sunshine and bask in it’s glory others, such as the caramel, are a touch more sensitive and like to be kept in part shade.
They are part of the Saxifragaceae family, along with the likes of Astilbe, Bergenia and Tiarella, there is also a cross breed with the Tiarella, these are called Heucherella.
With so many Heuchera’s to choose from in so many colours and shades it’s impossible to have them all. I’m going to give it my best though. With the creation of my woodland garden for next year, the plan is to have a bed that is full of these beauties in as many of the colours and shades as I can find. If I had my way I’d probably pull out lots of other things to make room for more all around the garden, however I will show some constraint as I do also love my other plants. Just perhaps these guys a little bit more.