Ever grown a Heuchera plant? As my new favourite, these colourful beauties should be top of the list for both beginners and experienced gardeners.
Heucheras are little evergreen clump forming plants that have stunning coloured leaves and look super all year round in pots, beds and window boxes. They are known for their resilience and being easy to look after, as well as their magnificent peppering of little flowers come summer. With names like Midnight Rose, Blackberry Jam, Marmalade, Mahogany, Cherry cola, Liquorice and Blondie in Lime, you can see how these hardy little specimens are stealing the limelight as autumn closes in.
Where to start?
If you’re planting them directly outdoors, find a partially shady spot with free draining soil (basically nowhere damp or waterlogged). Dig a hole twice the width of the plant, then place it in gently, filling the surrounding space with multipurpose compost. Ideally the crown (very top of the root ball, below the stem) should be slightly higher than ground level to avoid rotting in winter. Firm in and water well.
What about pots?
Heucheras work extremely well in pots. The conditions suit them and their striking foliage make them great plants for either side of a front door, on an urban patio, etc. They should be planted as above, ensuring the pots have sufficient drainage so there’s no wet feet. The plants have shallow roots, so depth isn’t a problem, but ensure the containers are wide enough to allow them to spread as they grow. Regular watering is essential with potted Heucheras, especially in warmer months, as they can dry out quickly.
You’ve got lots of tonnes of tones to play with here, so either opt for some matching plants, or go as contrasting as possible. My favourite combination is Marmalade, Liquorice and Blackberry Jam, which include rich coloured leaves and silvery veins. You can also get creative with pots – ceramics with blue, black or red glaze are eye catching and brighten up a back garden in a flash. Whether they’re in containers or directly in the ground, they tend to look best planted in threes.
Spring and autumn are the best times to plant Heucheras, so October is bang on for a colourful winter display that will bring a floral surprise once the weather heats up again. Spring clean the plants around April by nipping off any tired or dead leaves.
Where can I get them?
Carbeth Plants is my top recommendation – a good quality little plant nursery in Glasgow. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to hunt round garden centres (or go to Scotland), buy online at https://www.facebook.com/carbethplants/ to get them boxed up and straight to your door – prices are super reasonable. Also have a flick through the new and colourful Carbeth Plants Instagram @carbethplants.
Carbeth Plants: Stockiemuir road, Glasgow, G63 9AY