One of the true ubiquitous shade garden stalwarts, Heuchera continue to lambast the senses on a near never ending basis – thus you can perhaps sense the reasoning behind my love-hate relationship where they are concerned. Now wait, is it Lime Rickey or Lime Marmalade, or perhaps its Electra that you want. Can you see the difference? I can’t see the difference? And thus, the calamity that confronts me on an annual basis when selecting stock. Sweet Jesus! [And don’t even get me started with Heucherella….. swap and add a letter or two and all hell breaks loose!]
Heuchera ‘Autumn Leaves’ is purportedly one of the newest chameleons within the genus, with foliage emerging red in the Spring, fading to a taupe colour in the height of summer and deepening to a rich ruby red just in time for cooler Fall weather! With H. villosa x H.americana parentage, it is also said to be more tolerant of warmer, humid laden summers. Hardy between Zones 4-9, this reptilian member of the Heuchera family is a modest grower with an approximate height of 32cm with a spread of roughly the same. Flowers [and here’s another can of worms to open: Are they really that attractive?] are a somewhat insignificant cream, but seriously people, you’re buying members of this burgeoning genus for its foliage, right?
Zones 4-8. Height and spread of approximately 30-36cm. Somewhat more tolerant to heat and humidity; enjoys well draining, humus rich soil.
Coming to LittleTree Spring 2011