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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.

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Heucherella ‘Sunrise Falls’: New trailing and ground cover variety

Posted by Graham Rice on 29 Aug 2012 at 03:33 PM

Heucherella ‘Sunrise Falls’: sunny new trailing and ground cover variety. Image © Terra Nova NurseriesIn October last year, I told you about a completely new style of perennial – a heucherella for hanging baskets and ground cover. xHeucherella ‘Redstone Falls’ was the first in the Falls Series and the series has now expanded to three varieties with the addition this year of ‘Sunrise Falls’.

These plants combine the creeping habit of some tiarellas, with the extra resilience of heucheras to create adaptable plants for trailing plants for containers or groundcover for shady borders.

‘Sunrise Falls’ (left, click to enlarge) is the brightest of the three, with foliage in a clearer and brighter yellow than that of ‘Yellowstone Falls’. Each leaf is blazed with a red stain in the middle of each lobe but the red colouring is less dominant and less bright than in some other heucherellas and the effect is altogether more pleasing. In winter, the foliage develops impressive rusty red tones.

Grow ‘Sunrise Falls’ in a traditional wire hanging basket with moss and, when planting in autumn, add a liberal planting of blue grape hyacinths in the top and the sides – right down to the base. The grape hyacinths will grow through the mesh, and then through the yellow heucherella leaves which will provide a colourful background to show off the grape hyacinth flowers as the spikes turn upwards and open. The brightly coloured Muscari aucheri ‘Blue Magic’ would be a good choice.

As ground cover ‘Sunrise Falls’ will spread widely, rooting as it goes, and will snuggle up to shrubs and undercarpet perennials. It would be lovely under plummy hellebores and with another blue flowered bulb, Scilla siberica.

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

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