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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

Most popular plants in the new RHS PlantFinder

Posted by Graham Rice on 03 Apr 2010 at 12:49 PM

Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.com. Do not reproduce in any way without permission.Two new foliage plants are top of the charts as newcomers in the 2010/2011 RHS PlantFinder. Two heucheras, both seen for the very first time at last year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, are listed by more nurseries than any other plants and they really look impressive.

Both these new heucheras are from the plant breeding programme at Terra Nova Nurseries in Portland, Oregon, who introduce more new perennials each year than any other breeder in the world.

Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’ (above, click to enlarge) is way out in front, being listed by twenty nine nurseries in the new RHS PlantFinder (out a couple of days ago). The foliage is a fantastic colour. The leaves open rosy pink, maturing into silver with pink overtones and a touch of scarlet at the base of the veins. It develops into bold, good sized plants.

This also looks to be one of the toughest and most climatically adaptable heucheras we’ve seen. It has in its background both H. americana, which grows as far north as Ontario, Canada, so can take the cold, and H. villosa which grows as far south as hot and humid Alabama and Georgia.

Heuchera 'Fire Chief'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.com. Do not reproduce in any way without permission.

Following on with eighteen stockists in its first year in the RHS PlantFinder is Heuchera ‘Fire Chief’ (left). Another with brilliant foliage colour, new leaves are vivid red and become richer in colour as the season progress until by autumn the whole plant is rich wine red. There are also pretty pink and white, bicoloured flowers on red stems from late spring to autumn.

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Over the next few weeks I’ll be looking at some of the other newcomers to the 2010/2011 RHS PlantFinder, especially those which are available from the most nurseries.

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