Heuchera Obsidian by Lindsey

Caramel

Caramel

Heucheras come in a HUGE variety of colors, as shown below. They add a soft, fluffy texture to garden borders and pots. Heucheras are fantastic container plants. We have a container contest here at the nursery each May. The staff all know which pot is mine because of my consistent use of Heucheras! They work so well in containers because of how their texture can soften the edge of a pot. And because some are reliable evergreen! From my experience, the varieties Crimson Curl, Obsidian, Marmalade and Frosted Violet have performed the best through the winter months. I am sure others do well also, but these are the ones I can vouch for.

So now that you have the Heuchera lowdown, I’ll tell you about my favorite, Obsidian. The color of it is really its selling point. Obsidian has rich, velvety, purple leaves. They are softly lobed and look fantastic with pink, violet and yellow flowers and plants.  The plant tag says ten inches tall and 16 inches wide. From my Obsidian experience, that sounds about right. And lastly, since we are telling all the dirt about plants, good and bad, I have to tell what I see as a negative. After a handful of years, 4-5 in my garden and pots, Heucheras can get a bit ratty looking. There are two options that can happen in my garden. One, in the words of Cass Turnbull, a rad reno. AKA, a radical renovation. Pull out all the ugly leaves and add some potting soil or compost around the base of the plant. Pulling out all the ugly leaves might be 95% of them. This is the radical part. This is usually where you decide if you are going to progress to option two. Option two, it is just too ugly and its time for an extraction and a new plant! Despite this, I will continue to use them as often as I do and recommend them. Heucheras are great plants that contribute greatly to my garden and pots. A must have regardless of the potential rattiness. But for gardeners, a hole in a pot or the beds isn’t really a bad thing. Its just an excuse to go to the nursery!

Obsidian

Obsidian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crimson Curls

Crimson Curls

Lime Marmalade

Lime Marmalade

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