In Praise Of The Heuchera
It was always about flowers, flowers and herbs with a bit of fruit thrown in for good measure. This is what I wanted from my allotment plot. Almost inevitably the vegetables have taken over but that’s a story for another day. I have managed however to keep some space aside for my original plans, cramming blooms into every available bit of free ground.
Between the flowers and the vegetables what the plot did need in parts was something to pull it together visually and fill a few small gaps, a bit of garden glue if you will. This is the place of the heuchera aka Coral Bells or Allum Root, a perennial that originated in North America. Low growing and compact enough not to steal the show, typically 40cm x 40cm, the foliage comes in such a wide range of colours that it can add a pop to any planting scheme. They are also straightforward to look after, sun or partial shade, well drained moist ground being all it takes.
The variety shown here is Obsidian. Details of other varieties at Heucheraholics here.