Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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.

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