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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 Five): New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 13 Jul 2009 at 07:31 AM

Heuchera 'Electra'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comFinally, the last of the many new heucheras (and Heuchera relations) introduced by Plantagogo at the recent Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. They had eleven new varieties on sale at the Show, all originating at Terra Nova Nurseries in Oregon (no retail sales), and this is the final trio.

Heuchera ‘Electra' is reckoned to be an improvement on the much discussed ‘Tiramisu' which first saw the light of day at Hampton Court last year. The foliage starts off bright yellow early in the season, then transforms to chartreuse in the summer and autumn and then to tawny shades in the autumn - always with bright red veins. Compared to ‘Tiramisu' it's said to be more vigorous and to hold its red veining right through the year - and it thrives in both heat and cold.

It's the long flowering season which sets Heuchera ‘Milan' apart. And the pink flowers are not only very prolific but are held on unusually short stems - so instead of the flowers being wildly separated from the foliage, they're set much closer and this makes the plant more of a complete picture. The leaves are small and silvered, with a maroon caste in cooler conditions.

Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comFinally... Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie'.  Bringing together a background of the cold hardy H. americana and the heat tolerant H. villosa, ‘Berry Smoothie' is really vivid. Rosy pink as the leaves open in spring, evolving into pink toned silver foliage with crimson veins for the rest of the season, the veins tend to scarlet towards the base. Dramatic and powerful, this looks to be a great new addition.

These three new heucheras were on sale at the Show last week, check the Plantagogo website for online mail order availability.



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