Heuchera

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

A visit to New­ton’s web­site, val­leyrim­girl.com, shows a com­pre­hen­sive list­ing of peren­ni­als grown on her large prop­erty of 4.5 hectares over­look­ing the Assini­boine Val­ley. An ob­vi­ous plant col­lec­tor, New­ton is as sus­cep­ti­ble to the many charms of heuchera as the rest of us, maybe even more so, grow­ing dozens of va­ri­eties in her flower beds. New­ton grows both shade-lov­ing and sun-tol­er­ant va­ri­eties. Favourites in­clude too many to list, how­ever some out­stand­ing va­ri­eties are Bran­don Pink, Sil­ver Scrolls, Dolce Black Cur­rant, Sashay, Vel­vet Night, Mid­night Rose, and Crim­son Curls. Her mulch of choice is flax shive, the por­tion of the flax stem that re­mains once the seeds and fi­bre have been re­moved. New­ton says it de­com­poses nicely. She does not dis­turb heuchera in the fall, leav­ing all of the leaves that blow in and around for added pro­tec­tion to the crown of the plant. While some plant re­sources rec­om­mend re­mov­ing browned leaves in the spring be­fore new growth be­gins, New­ton waits un­til the end of June when new fo­liage has grown from the cen­tre be­fore she does any trim­ming. The shal­low root sys­tem of heuchera and ten­dency of the crowns to push out of the soil make them sus­cep­ti­ble to dam­age from the freeze-thaw cy­cles we of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence on the Prairies. Mulching helps to pre­vent this. Lift­ing and re­set­ting the plant in the

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