Coral Flower HEUCHERA

Heuchera has been used for many years as ground cover in herbaceous or mixed borders and for edging along pathways. The evergreen rounded leaves form neat mounds and in early summer the slender stems appear, bearing dense clusters of tiny bell-shaped flowers. These blooms are suitable for cutting but until the modern hybrids were developed the colour range was strictly limited. Mulch around the plants in spring and cut down the stems after flowering. After a few years the crown of the plant tends to push out of the ground – lift the clump in autumn or spring, divide and then replant.

VARIETIES: Numerous hybrids have been developed from H. sanguinea and H. brizoides. Basic details are height 1.5 -2.5 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft. (lowering period June -August. Brightest of all is ‘Red Spangles’ with its crimson flowers – at the other extreme is ‘Pearl Drops’ with its pure white blooms. There are several pinks – ‘Hyperion’,’Scintillation’,’Jubilee’, etc, and agreenish yellow one (’Greenfinch’). Some nurseriesoffera small, pretty-leaved hybrid of Heuchera and its relative Tiarella – Heucherella tiarelloides.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do-thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

H. ventricosa

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