A beautiful plant, but only if you grow it right
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.