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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Tapestry of foliage colour

Posted by Graham Rice on 20 Apr 2009 at 12:26 PM

Heucherella 'Tapestry'. Image ©Terra Nova NurseriesContinuing our look at the top six new plants in the latest RHS Plant Finder, just out, equal fourth with two others is the invaluable x Heucherella ‘Tapestry'.

Heucherellas are hybrids between Heuchera and Tiarella and Dan Heims of internationally renowned plant breeders Terra Nova Nurseries in Portland Oregon has created some superb plants in all three genera. This is one of his best.

The doubly lobed foliage is bluish green in spring, maturing to green with bold purple veins misted in silver in autumn and into the winter. This is all augmented by dusty pink spring flowers. The plants are less tight and compact than many heucheras and will spread steadily at the front of shady borders, make superb specimens in medium sized containers or can be tucked into a corner of some shady steps.

x Heucherella ‘Tapestry' appreciates light or dappled shade, always try to give it good drainage as it can't stand waterlogged soil. It's lovely with many of the usual spring shade lovers like wood anemones, Iris cristata, silvery Cyclamen coum foliage and more.

You can order x Heucherella ‘Tapestry' from these seven RHS Plant Finder nurseries.

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