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'Binoche', 'Melting Fire', 'Cherry Cola', 'Shanghia'

Ottawa, Canada

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)?

Lake Stevens, WA

Hi Irawon
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.

Athens, PA

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.

Please post pictures of your Binoche.

Ottawa, Canada

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.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Electra' planted early this summer. Picture taken this morning.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Lime Marmalade' new last summer and picture taken today.

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Ottawa, Canada

"Shanghai' oops forgot the picture.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Shanghai'

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Ottawa, Canada

'Cherry Cola'

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Athens, PA

Very nice. Love Cherry Cola

Ottawa, Canada

'Dolce Blackcurrant' planted at same time as 'Cherry Cola'. Picture taken today.

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Athens, PA

Blackcurrent is a beauty.

Love it.

Ottawa, Canada

'Melting Fire'. Dug up twice by animals. Hope it survives.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Marmalade'. I lost three before I found the right spot. This was a small division from a friend three years ago. I've had no problems with 'Christa', doing well into third year.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Christa' gets a lot of water in this spot. I need to cut back the 'Bergenia' to give it more room.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Jupiter' was moved into more light this spring but it still has not bloomed for me.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Venus' new this spring .Photographed today.

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Ottawa, Canada

Third year for 'Gold Zebra'.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Sweet Tea' moved to a second location as it was getting too much sun. I had to cut back quite a bit of foliage.

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Lake Stevens, WA

Very nice! 'Binoche' is one I will look for, such a beauty. You have a nice collection. Love to see your pictures.

Ottawa, Canada

'Fire Chief' replaced bleeding heart, which was not doing well in this location. Hope it survives.

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Ottawa, Canada

Last one. Planted two 'Frosted Violet' last August. I wonder if they would have better colour in more light?

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Ottawa, Canada

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.

Ottawa, Canada

I forgot 'Tiramisu'. It seems to be happy in its present location but I'm not sure it's showing its true colours here. Any advice? Should it be in more sunlight?

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Lake Stevens, WA

Sorry I cross posted. Really enjoyed the pictures!

Athens, PA

Ira

My Frosted Violet is in a part shade and I have the same coloring that you have on yours. The color is really vivid in the spring and it is a nice vigorous grower for me.

I am assuming that Tiramisu is like Miracle and the color comes more with the Spring and Fall. I don't have Tiramisu, Spring do you have that one?

Lake Stevens, WA

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.

Lake Stevens, WA

My tiramisu is on the left. You can see the crisping on some of the leaves. No red yet. It did have red veins last fall, still to warm.

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Lake Stevens, WA

This is why. My brother came to prune. Lost my shade. This is the north side of the house but gets some late afternoon sun. The sun is slipping down so I will soon beable to remove the umbrella.

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Lake Stevens, WA

Poor 'Golden Zebra' it will go into the greenhouse this year.

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Lake Stevens, WA

This is my 'Frosted Violet' It gets AM sun to about 1-3 in the afternoon. It had some rust this spring because of all the rain. Pulled off all the leaves and sprayed. Looking good now.

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Lake Stevens, WA

'Peachy Keen' is one of my favorites. Love all the colors.

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Ottawa, Canada

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.

Lake Stevens, WA

Another favorite "French Quarter'. All most lost it last year after taking a start from it.

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Ottawa, Canada

I'll have to look for 'Peachy Keene'. I found a picture of 'Midnight Rose' in its first location.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Blackout'

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Ottawa, Canada

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?

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Lake Stevens, WA

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.

Agawam, MA(Zone 6a)

Great collection of heucheras and wonderful pictures. I have added to my wish list.

Lewisburg, KY(Zone 6a)

Lovely pics! What is the mostly hardy plants for you?

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