Typically as summer arrives the British weather deteriorates. Combined with the dull skies my enthusiasm has plummeted this week too and I have found it difficult to work up any energy to get outside. And where did that violent wind come from on Thursday that even managed to upend my hydrangea in a very large container? Fortunately, on Tuesday, I did get around to planting the 7 new plants which arrived at the end of last week and take some photographs. I also thinned out the lettuce and salad leaves I had sown, and ate the little seedlings rather than them away. Very tasty too! I hope the ones left continue to grow and provide me with some tasty salads in a month or so.
Seems like a good week then to introduce to you the six new Heucheras/ Heucherellas I bought – all from Heucheraholics nursery and all in beautiful condition. (1) – (4) have all been planted in the new semi-shaded bed that I created last autumn under the twisted hazel tree which gets morning sun and afternoon shade. I had to remove a pink Geranium x oxonianum from there first that was threatening to take over the entire bed. It took a lot of pulling I can tell you! And getting your eye poked out by a hazel branch is no fun either! (5) and (6) are in pots and will be moved to the front courtyard where it is shady all year round.
(1) Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’ – Beautiful deeply cut maple shaped foliage in rich caramel tones. Foliage colour richens and deepens to a rich glossy burnished rosy red in winter. Masses of spires of fuffy white starry flowers all season. Looks lovely in partial shady border or as a container plant. (when I looked at my order this should have been ‘Brass Lantern’ but that must have been sold out). I’m not unhappy with the substitute, though I shall be keeping my eye on its location as my other Heucherellas (not from this nursery) have died.
(2) Heuchera ‘Champagne’ – Lovely amber peachy champagne -gold foliage with a silvery white veil that changes through the season. Light peachy flowers on maroon stems adorn the plant with their elegance. Lovely for a shady border or as a colourful container plant.
(3) Heuchera ‘Coralberry’ Indian Summer Series – Really pretty semi ruffled pink foliage with darker veining ideal for mixing with other colours in the border or excellent in containers. White flowers in spring /summer. I have probably planted this too close to the cowslip, but I will move the cowslip once it has stopped flowering.
(4) Heucherella ‘ Golden Zebra’ – A really striking combination of feathery bright golden foliage with rich ruby red central markings. Lush foliage on a tight crown make this an excellent container or ground cover plant. Spires of creamy white flowers are continually borne in spring and summer.
(5) Heuchera ‘Ginger Ale’ – Effervescent flowers in shades of ginger yellow and light pink erupt on tall stems over Gorgeous Soft gingery coloured, silver veiled foliage. Foliage changes all season, looking lovely in part shady borders or as a great container plant.
(6) Heuchera ‘Red Lightening’ – Large golden leaves with fantastic red veining running through them – becoming stronger in cooler weather. Large spikes of white flowers in summer. Makes a great show in shady spot or lovely in containers for all year colour. (Slightly irritated by the name as it should surely be Lightning!)
Although I went for shade loving and container varieties, because of where I want to plant them, the names themselves make me drool! There are so many different colours of the foliage that the flowers are simply a bonus.
PS The seventh plant I bought is Geranium Rozanne. Now safely installed in the bee and butterfly bed and featuring as the header photo.
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