Looking for a Heuchera that has everything, you wont go far wrong with Paris
We always had difficulty with Heuchera in Aberdeen. Normally they would weaken in the second season and by the third, it wasn’t worth persevering.
Heuchera Paris in our garden
In spite of the clay soil, here in our Cheshire garden, which gets kind of boggy in Winter and very dry in Summer, the Heucheras are thriving.
We planted Paris in the back garden last year in late Spring, the plant was already in full bloom, little did we realise that these blooms would still be looking good two months later.
Cutting back the faded flowers in mid July rewarded us three weeks later with a second flush, every bit as strong as the first, lasting into late September.
The evergreen plants came through the Winter unscathed and once again we are enjoying the first flush of striking deep pink blooms which darken to red as they age.
Heuchera Paris (Coral Bells) is a fully hardy evergreen perennial with deep green foliage which has a covering veil of white/silver. The airy see through deep pink/red blooms which reach a height of 45/60cm/18/24in makes it ideal for the border edge.
Loads of information backing up what I say regarding the long flowering period.
I am tempted to say that this is the best Heuchera available, there, I have said it (others are available) like, say several hundred, and many with extremely interesting foliage, but few which flower so well, unless you know differently.
Hardiness — Fully hardy
Soil — Any soil type which is free draining although ours is permanently wet in Winter
Height — 45/60cm
Position — Full sun/partial shade, many Heucheras fair pretty well in full shade, I think this one would not flower so well.
Heuchera Lime Rickey
This one was planted at the same time as Paris.. Seems that Lime Rickey is happier in a semi shaded position. We have a few of this one which were intended to edge an area of the new bed in the back garden.
We shifted them into the woodland walk, nothing wrong with them, they simply didn’t suit the location in the main garden.
A couple of them are in pretty deep shade yet still looking healthy.
Lime Rickey is evergreen, the new emerging foliage in Spring is a little darker and later turns this bright lime green.
White flowers emerge in late Spring lasting 2/3 weeks.
Grows to a height of around 30cm12in. Great emphasis is placed on keeping the soil moist in Summer.
Dividing in early Autumn is the recommended time, think I will try this especially with Heuchera Paris.
Its now 18 months since we moved to Cheshire. The back garden was very near stripped bare. Pictures below taken in mid June shows how it is developing.
We still have a reminder of the lawn remaining, I keep saying we are going to remove it completely. The intention is to have gravel in place of the grass that remains, just fear that it may look too harsh. What do you think?
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