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Perennials: How to design with heucheras

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Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 12, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9040222

I have several "Purple Palace" heucheras and one "Silver Scrolls" and one "Caramel". Last year, they were mixed together, but I didn't like the look - seemed too chaotic, and colors did not seem to compliment each other. Any suggestions as to how to arrange them into a nice design? I may be able to divide the silver scrolls this year.
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
1:32 AM

Post #9040590

I think you have a great start - how about adding some of the chartreause colored ones to the mix? They would set off the ones you have mentioned. I have also seen where some have a low growing creeper to offset as well - lysamachia is nice, but can take over. There are some gorgeous lamiums as well as hostas and brunnera.

Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #9041819

I think adding the chartreause color will help. Thanks for the advice. My heucheras are on the east side of my house, so they get the morning and early afternoon sun. I don't think the brunnera or hosta would survive there. Temps have been in the 70's for the past 3 days, and will continue for the rest of the week, so I've been out in the garden doing spring clean up!!

Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9042963

Unless you have deer, Diane, brunnera and hosta are real survivors.

Besides a chartreuse heuchera, there are a lot of pink/purple tones that look great together. Try a few Shanghai.

Lake Stevens, WA

March 14, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9043182

Another plant that looks great with heuchera is hakonechloa. There are some that will have a few burgandy leaves in fall.I think it is marca beni-kaze. Realy makes a nice color echo with the heuchera dark foliage, in summer it is bright green.
Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 15, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9044374

Thanks for all the suggestions! It's really a comfort to be able to ask for advice and get so much help! Never thought about the Japanese grass, but now I think I'll have to look into that one.

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