Six on Saturday | Heucheras, Heucherellas and Tiarellas

This week I am going to introduce you to my new favourites. Heucheras, Heucherellas and Tiarellas which all belong to the family – Saxifragiace, a North American group. Given the problems I have in this garden with S&S (slugs and snails) and becoming quite disillusioned with the destruction of lots of seedlings and flowers in my first year of planting, I decided to try to find plants that are resistant to their munching. Herbs seem to survive – in fact the S&S appear to dislike anything with a strong scent. I also discovered that if I buy established plants and large seedlings that although they are more expensive they do seem to survive.

Heucheras are very versatile plants and come in all sorts of colours and one of the easiest plants to grow. There are some suited to full sun, some to shade and some that are happy in both. Generally speaking I find the lighter, brighter ones do well in shade and add a touch of brightness. They also come in a variety of leaf sizes, some small-leaved ones look good in containers, hanging baskets and rockeries, then there are large-leaved varieties which look good at the front of a border.

If you have a hot sunny spot you will need to pick the hotter, deeper colours – reds, orange, black, purple.  Shade is great for silvers, limey greens, golden oranges and variegated. Dappled shade is great for both – Morning sun afternoon shade is also a great combination.

These are hardy plants and do not require covering with fleece in winter. They need to breathe so also do not allow other foliage to hang to closely over them. Once established they are drought hardy. In spring simply remove any dead leaves or give them a spring haircut and they will grow again. They are also easy to propagate through division, which is why I have several of the lime and marmalade plants in my garden.

Heucherellas are a lovely group of plants – they are a cross between Heucheras (Coral Bells ) and Tiarellas (Foam Flower) giving some of the lovely foliage colours of the Heucheras combined with the beautiful foamy flower of the Tiarella. Heucherellas are happiest in light-shade although the orangey/reds  do enjoy some sun.

Tiarellas- Foam Flowers – this group of plants are little gems in the shady border – producing masses of whorls of starry foamy white/pink flowers – some of which are sweetly scented.  They look lovely naturalising in woodland borders with spring bulbs.

I shall be adding to my collection next year with some suitable for containers in the courtyard garden.

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  1. pommepal says:

    These are a group of plants that have slipped under my radar Jude, rather an unpronounceable name, but they look lovely with all the colour variations. Must check them out

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suspect they won’t like your humidity.

      1. pommepal says:

        That’s probably why I haven’t seen any around here.

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I know very little about these plants, and I’m interested to hear about the drought and sun tolerance. I’d love to try them for their colour. I use annuals for colour quite a lot, but would prefer perennials for that. I know you said beer traps didn’t work for you with snails, but I put down a couple and was amazed at how well they worked, even after the beer was diluted by rain. I think it might be necessary to have rather a lot of them to make any kind of impact; perhaps they don’t have a wide range, whereas the pellets (which I also don’t like to use) seem to attract the snails from afar.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I might try the beer traps again, perhaps mine weren’t deep enough. Did you use proper ale or lager?

      1. janesmudgeegarden says:

        I used some low alcohol beer as MrMG wasn’t too keen on my using the good stuff! I think you’d say it was lager. I put it in old plastic takeaway containers, not very big ones, and snails kept being trapped until the beer (and rainwater) evaporated. It collected slaters too.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I used cheap lager too! Just wondered if I needed something that smelled stronger. I shall definitely give it another go.

  3. bushboy says:

    I just love looking at your garden Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Brian, not a patch on yours though.

      1. bushboy says:

        Not at all. Both very different gardens

  4. Lora Hughes says:

    Nuts About Gardening gave my RT of your blog 2 thumbs up & wrote, ‘outstanding blog’! I don’t know your Twitter handle or would RT to yourself, so this’ll have to do.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, thank you Lora. I don’t ‘do’ Twitter 🙂

  5. Inspiring pictures of those heucheras. I’ve always overlooked them but I can see a good spot for some in my garden. You’ve given me some ideas…

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are certainly useful here for adding colour to shady areas.

  6. Love, love, love them! So much variety and the flowers are beautiful. I will have the lot please. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Get your own!!!
      😀 😀
      But yes, the flowers are rather charming. I shall try and get some photos of them next year.

      1. It was worth a crack!

  7. I love love love Heucheras

  8. Heucheras have grown on me and yours are lovely. Thanks for showing their amazing range of colours.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wish I hadn’t thrown the names away, though some were a mystery lot.

  9. n20gardener says:

    I have H.Marmalde in a shady spot in the front garden – also untouched by S&S which I think is mainly due to my FG being dry, sandier soil and (strangely) impacted through absence of digging over many years. I would like to add some tiarellas to the back garden – research to be done!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Dry sandy soil is what I had in Doncaster and I don’t remember any problems with the S&S.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’ve never had any of these plants, but they are very pretty.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Even prettier when flowering.

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