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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

Plantagogo (Part Four): New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 12 Jul 2009 at 05:19 PM

Heuchera 'Sugar Plum'. Image: © Plantagogo are Heuchera specialists and are introducing eleven new varieties of Heuchera and related plants at this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Next up are two more that originate from Terra Nova Nurseries over in Oregon (no retail sales).

The leaf colour of Heuchera ‘Sugar Plum' is simply gorgeous. Brilliant silver, delightfully lobed leaves are boldly veined in charcoal grey, each vein with a pale stripe in the centre towards the base. Where the stem meets the leaf, where all the veins also come together, is a bright scarlet spot whose colouring sometimes seeps along the pale streak in the main veins.

On top of that, the young leaves have a pink caste as they open and then in summer there are silver pink flowers on stems over 60cm/2ft tall.

Heuchera 'Fire Chief'. Image: ©‘Fire Chief' is a brilliant colour, just look at that picture (click on the image to enlarge it).The young leaves are almost scarlet with a pattern of silvering between the veins and in the autumn they become a deeper wine red which, with a few slightly browner overtones, persists colourfully through the winter. The bicoloured pink and white flowers start coming in spring and keep on right till autumn.

Both these new heucheras have been on sale at the Show, check the Plantagogo website for online availability. And check out my earlier reports on their Tiarella, Heuchera and x Heucherella. Tomorrow I'll report on Plantagogo's last three new heucheras.



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