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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

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Three heucheras: New from Plantagogo

Posted by Graham Rice on 04 Dec 2009 at 11:08 AM

Heuchera 'Electric Lime' - New from Plantagogo’ Image: ©Terra Nova NurseriesHeucheras are now the second most popular perennials with RHS members, so with three brand new varieties available to order it only seems reasonable to feature them. They are ‘Electric Lime', ‘Midnight Bayou', and ‘Shanghai'.

All are from the extensive Heuchera breeding programme at Terra Nova Nurseries in Portland, Oregon.

‘Electric Lime' makes a big plant. In summer, its large leaves in a tight mound are rather like those of the well-known ‘Citronelle', plain lime-tinted yellow. And there's a bonus of white flowers. Then in cool conditions the foliage develops red veins a little like ‘Tiramisu'. Looks impressive.Heuchera 'Midnight bayou' - New from Plantagogo’ Image: ©Terra Nova Nurseries

‘Midnight Bayou' is an extraordinary colour. Reddish purple, or even simply red, with black veins in the summer, in winter the foliage becomes much more purplish and more silvery. It makes a large plant, topped with pink flowers.

Heuchera 'Shanghai' - New from Plantagogo’ Image: ©Terra Nova NurseriesFinally, there's ‘Shanghai' which has proved one of the best of all heucheras for retaining good looking foliage right through the winter. Silvery purple leaves look good all year round then re-blooming all through the summer are white flowers on purple stems. Great combination.

These three heucheras are all available from Plantagogo - scroll through the extensive list till you get to them.



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on 04 Dec 2009 at 12:24 PM

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on 04 Dec 2009 at 12:26 PM

coolplantsguy said:

They look and sound great, don't they? Did you see these in a garden already? Yours? If so, you're a lucky man! I'll be growing 'Electric Lime' and 'Midnight Bayou' (plus a few other new ones) at my nursery this spring.

on 04 Dec 2009 at 05:13 PM said:

We also have these coming along nicely in the nursery right now, and a few other lovely additions too. Will keep you posted.  


on 07 Dec 2009 at 09:04 AM

Graham Rice said:

Nurseries are becoming better at quickly getting these new heucheras from the US on the market here in Britain. They're very new in the US too so I haven't had the chance to grow them yet. (BTW coolplantsguy's nursery is in Canada, not Britain)

on 07 Dec 2009 at 11:08 AM

Foxnfirefly said:

I'm not a heuchera hunter, and this is the first I've seen them so far!  I can't believe the silvery purple one's colour--it's fantastic!!  I will have to see if I can find one.  It will fit with some columbines and peonies and irises.....

on 10 Dec 2009 at 03:58 AM

Graham Rice said:

The colours are becoming ever more extraordinary - and in containers in particular they're invaluable.

on 11 Dec 2009 at 03:45 PM