A beau­ti­ful plant, but only if you grow it right

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

IKNOW for cer­tain that all of my hosta plants will even­tu­ally reemerge from their win­ter sleep at some point this spring. The only thing that might spoil the per­fec­tion of the furled-up leaves of hosta as they poke through the ground with as­sured­ness is if a rab­bit comes by dur­ing the early hours of the morn­ing and chomps off the top. De­spite that mi­nor an­noy­ance, once tem­per­a­tures are con­sis­tently warm, hosta grows rapidly. Why talk about hosta in an ar­ti­cle about heuchera? Be­cause so of­ten we find them planted to­gether in a part-shade lo­ca­tion of the gar­den, each punc­tu­at­ing the plant­ing de­sign with valu­able form and fas­ci­nat­ing fo­liage. While heuchera never at­tains the some­times im­pos­ing size of the larger va­ri­eties of hosta, its high im­pact is un­de­ni­able. Heuchera, how­ever, or coral bells if you pre­fer, can some­times be more Stein­bach area Gar­den Club will host their bian­nual Dessert Evening on april 27 at 7 p.m. at the Men­non­ite Her­itage Vil­lage. En­joy de­lec­ta­ble desserts and a pre­sen­ta­tion by au­thor and gar­den­ing ex­pert Lyn­don Pen­ner, who will ex­plore why we gar­den. For more de­tails visit sagar­den­club.com. Love or­na­men­tal grasses? Plan to at­tend agas­siz Gar­den Club’s Spring Gar­den Work­shop on Sun­day, april 19, 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Pi­o­neer Club, 32 Park ave, Lac du jon­net. Reg­is­ter by call­ing 204-345-8419.


Vary­ing tints of green can liven up a shady bed but heuchera can add pizazz. The rounded, lobed leaves of Sil­ver Scrolls coral bells (heuchera) are bur­gundy over­laid with sil­ver. Tiny pink­ish white

flow­ers float above wiry stems. Fire Alarm coral bells, above. At left, new for 2015, Dolce Brazen Raisin coral bells (heuchera) fea­tures dense mound­ing pur­plish­black fo­liage in a strik­ing, matte tex­ture with wine red un­der­sides. Cloud-like pan­i­cles of rose-pink buds float above wiry stems for a

beau­ti­ful cut flower.

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