I just put 'Binoche', 'Melting Fire', 'Cherry Cola', and 'Shanghia' into the ground and would appreciate any advice about growing conditions. Does 'Binoche' retain its dark colour with a bit of sun (2 hours)?
I'm in the first year with 'Cherry Cola' and 'Shanghia', so far they are growing well. I just got them in the spring as plugs, so still small. The other 2 I don't have. Never heard of 'Binoche'. I will be looking that up. There has been much discussion about 'melting fire'. People have had trouble with that one. Hope you have good luck with it as the coloring is very nice. When I get my camera back I will post pictures of mine.
I had not heard of Binoche either. Looking it up, it seems to be a seedling of Frosted Violet. FV is quite vigorous for me. I don't have Cherry Cola and lost Shanghai in last years' drought, so cannot say.
Melting Fire hangs on for me and I am continually surprised, because ML isnt' very vigorous for me. I too have seen where others on this forum have difficulties with ML as well.
Thank you so much for your replies. Here is 'Binoche', replanted after being uprooted by some animal. I replanted it and washed the dirt from the leaves. We're on well water, so I got calcium stains on the leaves. The only way I could get anywhere close to a true picture, I had to photograph 'Binoche' wet. The pictures on the net don't do it justice. The leaves are a rich velvety chocolate brown and not shiny as are 'Blackout' and 'Obsidian'. The leaves at the top of the pic are the purple undersides. When I bought it at 50% off, I was told that it had been exposed to full sun all summer.
Thanks for your comments, springcolor and Carolyn. I liked 'Blackcurrant for its nice compact tidy appearance. It doesn't get too high, so a nice edger in front of hosta. I paired 'Midnight Rose' and 'Melting Fire' with painted fern. My MR is looking a little sparse after its relocation from underneath a hosta, otherwise I would have taken a picture.
Yes, I have tiramisu. Very nice, I think it likes more shade. The red comes out more with the cool nights of fall. I will have to check mine, fall is in the air. I also have FV but in more sun, until about 2 in the afternoon. I will take a pictue of those today. My FV gets a bit crispy sometimes in the middle of summer if we get hot. Not much heat this year, so it looks good.
Lovely Heucheras, springcolor. My 'Iron Butterfly'dwindled this spring to two leaves and I'm still nursing it. 'Strike It Rich Gold' has bounced back. I forgot I revived an ailing Brunnera with coffee grounds a couple of years ago. Perked right up. Will try it with IB.
Also 'Obsidian'. Love the sheen on this one. It gets a lot of shade but plan to move it to a bit more light because it hasn;t grown much. 'Purple Palace' self seeds like crazy. I'm hoping some of the new ones do too. Spring, have any of your varieties self seeded?
I saved seed from my plants last year. Mixed them all up though. Got a ton of plants. There are some pictures on this froum some place. I can't find the pictures right now. I got some really nice seedlings.
Last I knew, my Melting Fire was doing ok - I will not know until the March/April. I have been growing it for a couple of years and I don't think it is all that hardy a plant. Each year I am surprised it has come back. Definitely not one I would recommend. I haven't tried Fire Chief yet.
There are some other reds that I know are hardy and well worth the effort - Sparkling Burgundy, Crimson Curls and Encore to name a few.