Beautiful new growth!

flower_frenzy(8a)March 14, 2014

A lot of my heucheras/ellas are showing some pretty spectacular new growth now that spring has sprung here in the PNW. This first one is 'Caramel Apple'-a sport of the beloved 'Caramel'. The new growth is the reddish pink color.

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flower_frenzy(8a)

Another eye-catching variety is 'Rio'.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 9:58PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Both the old and new leaves on 'Zipper' are pretty wild! This is by far the brightest heuchera in my garden.

This post was edited by flower-frenzy on Fri, Mar 14, 14 at 22:04

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:01PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

A new one for me, 'Copper Cascade', is showing a lot of promise. This is supposed to be one of the trailing heucherellas that work well in pots. Mine is planted in the ground.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:03PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

This one is called 'Apple Crisp'. The new growth is bright green and the older growth is darker green.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:11PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

'Southern Comfort' has pinkish-red new growth!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:12PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

This one is called 'Pear Crisp'. The green is much more of a lime-green than 'Apple Crisp'.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:14PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Another one from the crisp family...'Peach Crisp'. This one looked a bit blah this summer, but the new growth is bright and lovely!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:17PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

'Galaxy' has splotchy leaves, which adds interest year-round. The new growth is pretty interesting too!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:19PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

'Cherry Cola' is showing me how it got its name.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:20PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Last, and a definite favorite, is 'Georgia Peach'. Such a show off! I think everyone should have one in their garden. It has such a presence with its huge leaves and spectacular color!

Anyone else have some great new growth they'd like to brag about? Feel free to add pictures.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:24PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Beautiful! That Georgia Peach is just amazing. And I love those crinkly textures of the crisps, Zipper, and Black Taffeta. FlowerFrenzy, it was your pics last year that got me into heuchs. Several of mine are looking like they are waking up, but nothing photo-worthy yet.

Lowes has some temptingly priced "Molten Fire" heuchs just in. Know anything about that variety?

Also, do you trim last years winter-weary leaves or just let the new growth fill in?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:34PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

If I remember correctly, don't you also grow "Spellbound"? I remember a gasp-worthy photo of it last year and I'd love to see its spring look!

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    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:37PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Hi jadie. I have 'Molten Fire' and I like it. The new growth is an intense reddish color which then melts into a brownish purple. It keeps putting out new leaves for most of the season, so there's a nice contrast most of the time. It's a good grower for me as well. You would do well to pick one up for yourself.

Yes, I grow 'Spellbound'. It's a beauty for sure. As if the silver overlay on purple leaves wasn't enough, the leaves are humongous. One of mine reached 7 inches across last year!

Glad I could entice another gardener to grow heucheras. I love my hostas, but I have to say that the heuchs are probably my favorite plants in my garden.

As far as trimming the leaves goes, it depends. I prefer to leave them where they are, but I cut them if the stems grow long and they start looking gangly or if they're frost burnt at all.

I'll try to take a picture of 'Spellbound' this weekend. It looked good all winter long and is just starting to put on some new growth.

This post was edited by flower-frenzy on Sat, Mar 15, 14 at 2:04

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beverlymnz4

Thanks for sharing your pictures. I have several of these on my want list. I am getting excited for spring. The weather was not just above 0 this week, it went above freezing. Spring fever is much better than winter doldrums.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 3:24PM
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rosie742001(z5Oregon)

Hi Flower Frenzy: Where are you in the PNW? I am in Aumsville, Oregon, just east of Salem. I am heuchera happy too. My Southern Comfort is just getting started and is so pretty! I can't wait for things to really get going. But I also love Hosta and all the other shade plants. There are so many gorgeous new things this year!!1

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 10:48PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Rosie-I'm in Vancouver, WA. My in-laws live in Silverton, OR which is also near Salem.

If you like hostas, you should check out Sebright Gardens. They have an awesome selection of hostas and heucheras. They're in the Salem area as well.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 2:07AM
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rosie742001(z5Oregon)

Good Morning! Isn't this a pretty day? My brother-i law and his wife lived in Silverton for several years, it is such a pretty town! I can never get over how green Oregon is! My darlin' man , whom I lost in '08 and I grew up in San Diego and it was mostly brown. We moved up in '74 and I have never gotten tired of the green and the beautiful flowers!! I use a walker (arthrytis). Sebright Gardens is on my favorites list and I really like them. I have ordered from them and Hallsons, and Josh Spece and Naylor Creek. I do everything on my computer!!! And there is so much pretty stuff this year!!!! I loved your pictures, as soon as my Heucs have some growth , I will try out my new camera
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    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 2:40PM
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don_in_colorado

Great pics, Flower-Frenzy, thanks very much; These pics will help me choose some heucheras for the gardens this year. Heucheras and hostas and ferns, three plants have never gone together more beautifully (in my personal opinion).

ALSO: I just placed my first order from Sebright, for a half-dozen hostas. I remember you speaking very highly of them and telling me I wouldn't be disappointed with their stock. Your recommendation is good in my book, so in May, I'll have my first batch from them. Great selection of hostas, it took me several hours to explore it from A to Z! I chose several that I didn't find anywhere else. Anyway, thanks for the tip, and I'll post pics on the hosta forum, hopefully in mid-May or so.

Regards,
Don B.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 1:49AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Hi Don...glad you're enjoying the pictures. There are so many great heucheras and heucherellas out there, it's hard to choose. Luckily, most of them grow in sun and shade so it's easy to find spaces to plant them.

It's great that you ordered from Sebright this year. You won't be disappointed. They send large divisions and they stand behind their plants, so if you ever have any trouble just contact them (not that I expect you will). I can't wait to see your pics over in the hosta forum!

I'm fortunate enough to live about 1 1/2 hours away from them and I go at least 3 times during the season. They have beautiful gardens and some of the hostas are so large that it's almost unreal. It's difficult for me to get out of there for less than $100. They sell heucheras at the nursery as well, so I'm sure you can imagine the temptation!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 7:47PM
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