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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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Heucherella ‘Redstone Falls’: New ground cover variety

Posted by Graham Rice on 27 Oct 2011 at 11:46 AM

Heucherella 'Redstone Falls', for containers or ground cover. Image ©Terra Nova NurseriesFor many years we’ve had tiarellas, those delightful North American shade lovers, which spread out across the soil rather than stay in tight clumps. They make great ground cover plants.

Now, the creeping tiarellas have been crossed with the tightly clump-forming but much more colourful heucheras to bring a whole new style of foliage effects to ground cover perennials. ‘Redstone Falls’ is the first of these. And it’s valuable not only as a ground cover plant, but as a trailing perennial for containers.

Created by crossing creeping tiarellas with heucheras which feature such an impressive range of foliage colours, ‘Redstone Falls’, named for a waterfall in Wisconsin, and its sister varieties combine exceptional foliage colour with a creeping, ground covering habit.

First, ‘Redstone Falls’ develops a mound of foliage. Then it sends out stems which creep across the soil or trail down from containers. The dark-veined foliage is coppery red in spring and matures to reddish and brown tones in autumn and winter. There’s also the bonus of white flowers in spring.

‘Redstone Falls’ is ideal as ground cover in a shaded corner which is not deeply dingy and also under shrubs. It will take more sun if the soil is consistently moist. In containers drying out is the danger, especially when planted in hanging baskets, but regular watering or drip irrigation can easily ensure a constant supply of moisture.

xHeucherella ‘Redstone Falls’ is available from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.

Comments

muna said:

‘Redstone Falls’ ,it has very beautiful colours,thankyou for post.

on 01 Nov 2011 at 10:55 AM

muna said:

‘Redstone Falls’ what a beautiful colour,fall always have nice colours,nice post

www.gardenfl.blogspot.com

on 01 Nov 2011 at 10:58 AM