Best of the bunch
●● Heuchera ONCE grown for their stems of dainty flowers in pink or white which are a magnet for bees, heucheras have now become the must-have hardy perennial for their impressive foliage.
Thanks to a deluge of new cultivars, you can now get heucheras with leaf colours ranging from deep purple metallic hues to acid green.
Most grow up to 60cm and will sit happily at the front of borders, while small divisions can be used as foliage interest in containers.
The purple types look effective with silver foliage plants. Heucheras like a well-drained but fertile soil in a sunny or lightly shaded spot. Divide them every three years or they’ll become woody. Interesting varieties include H. ‘Lime marmalade’, which has acid green leaves, and H.
‘Palace purple’, bears sprays of salmon pink flowers above shiny burgundy leaves and looks great in drifts with other foliage plants.