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Heuchera and her retinue

have Heuchera dlinnochereshkovye dense leathery leaves in rosette.Expanding, shrubs reach a diameter of 60 cm. The flowers are small, in loose panicles per peduncle height of 40-60 cm, in some varieties to nearly a meter.Blooming in June, Heuchera remain decorative throughout the season - their beautiful leaves with rounded or pointed blades leave alive under snow and remain until spring.Then gradually they are replaced by new ones.

Heuchera and her retinue total number of varieties of Heuchera exceeded 200. Now for florists and garden designers appreciate the variety with long (90 cm) peduncles - Florist Choice with green leaves and coral pink flowers, Silver Lode and Shamrock with white flowers, Reginawith silver-purple leaves and pink flowers, and cylindrical.In the near future we can expect to see a whole group of these new products.

way, news of this season to be extremely attractive.In Heuchera Coral Bells Amethyst Mist rich purple shiny glossy foliage, which, as it penetrated the bright silver spiderweb.Plant height

- 20-25 cm.

have varieties Lime Rickey - beautiful glossy dark green leaves topped with creamy white lacy flowers.Flowering - in the first half of the summer for a few weeks.Flower stalks reach a height of 60-65 cm.

Heuchera Peach Flemb and Obsidian have bright red patterned yellow foliage.

Now hybridizers pursue another goal - a compact bush and splendor.In a series of so-called "space" Heuchera - Venus, Mars, Neptune, Mercury, Saturn - the large leaf blades on short stalks.

One of the most popular bands Heuchera American hybrids (H. x americana).They stand unusually showy foliage - purple, brown, yellow and even orange, concentric colored, velvety, with silver specks, with wavy and heavily crimped edges.

Heuchera and her retinue
Recently, hybridization using a new species Heuchera - Grandiflora N. pubescens, drought- and cold-resistant, very hardy N. ichardsonii, dwarf H. pulchella H. hallii, hardy little, but very flowering N.maxima.

Many varieties, mostly with green leaves, with flowers of white, pink coral color, as well as more decorative leaves - with white specks and cream received from Heuchera sanguineum (H.sanguinea).She has a very beautiful, bright red flowers, but the flowering period is much shorter than that of hybrids.

Tiarki (Tiarella)

These close relatives of Heuchera is still unfamiliar to our flower growers, but their exquisite beauty leaves no one indifferent.Tiarki retain their decorative throughout the summer - in the spring, they richly decorated with fluffy white or pinkish inflorescences columns, and then until the winter - variety in form and color of leaves that resemble in some tiarok Heuchera leaves, while others - palmate-lobed maple.For tiarok generally characterized by the presence of red, brown or almost black picture of the veins on the background of green leaf.Many varieties of flowers have a very nice, strong enough flavor.Some frost leaves change color and turn purple, crimson, dark red, it looks impressive in the early spring.There are many garden forms and hybrids:

Geyherella (X Heucherella)

Flowering begins in May and lasts sometimes until the autumn, as the flowers are sterile.Height - 20-45 cm. There is already a lot vysokodekorativnyh varieties.This season there's a new - Stoplayt with magnificent golden-yellow-green foliage, imbued with bright ruby ​​red spots.Plant height - 60-65 cm.

Care is simple - no whims

Heuchera, tiarki and geyherelly - hardiness.Most of them are normally feel in the middle band, some new varieties tolerate frost under the snow to - 40 degrees.After the first frost when the soil surface crust is formed, it is necessary to mulch planting to prevent bulging of the spring, which often die young plants.Most varieties of drought and shade tolerant.To the soil Heuchera, tiarki geyherelly and undemanding, but prefer neutral or slabovlagoemkie and well-drained.The best option - clay and sand with humus.

Heuchera and her retinue
in wet areas in the penumbra bushes grow faster.In the sun, the plants need abundant watering during dry periods.All Heuchera gratefully respond to fertilizer complex fertilizers, such as "Kemira wagon."This, in particular, extend the flowering period.

propagated by these crops in late summer and dividing rhizomes rooting cuttings-side outlets that quickly enough to give the roots moist soil.Some varieties tiarok geyherell form and aerial shoots with rooting rosettes.


disadvantage of many varieties of Heuchera and geyherell - the need for frequent division and rejuvenation.Without it, usually on the third or fourth year of strong stems are drawn, the top sheet is not enough food, the tops become bare and dry out, bushes, "bald" and sometimes seem to be dead.In such cases, you should dig up the whole plant, cut the upper part of the shoots withered and bury the rhizome with small kidneys alive so that they were completely covered with soil.

not averse to eat

furrowed weevil larvae feed on the roots of Heuchera thin suction that can cause desiccation of the tops of the plants.

beetles brown-black, 8-10 mm in length, with deep punctate grooves on elytra, feed at night, gnawing at the edges of the leaves, and during the day hiding in the soil.Larvae creamy white with a brown head.In order to fight in small areas are encouraged to collect the beetles by hand until oviposition.Outdoors it happens once a year in July and August.Also, when buying plants with closed root system should be carefully washed roots, and in any case not to use potting substrate.

Heuchera geyherelly and may be affected by bacterial spot (on the leaves brown spots) and in damp conditions - fungal diseases (young leaves discolored).In open areas leaves too may suffer from sunburn, in which case there are irregular discolored spots.

Tiarki much easier and unpretentious in culture, they can remain for several years in one place, as new buds are formed below the surface of the soil and bushes grow in breadth.

best place in the garden

Heuchera and her retinue Heuchera, geyherelly and tiarki used in group plantings and mixed flower beds in the foreground, very expressive - as tapeworms.Purple and silver, and purple varieties of Heuchera geyherell harmony with silvery leaves and blue lungwort, Brunner, ferns and host, effectively contrasted with the golden meadow forms of tea (Lisymachia nummularia Aurea), boron branchy (Milium effusum «Aureum»), the host of yellow.They combine perfectly with primroses, Astilbe pro-stolistnoy, hellebore, which fits the same conditions.Varieties with high peduncles combined with geraniums, ornamental grasses and sedges.Heuchera with very dark leaves look good in the foreground close to the orange, peach and apricot daylily, yarrow.They serve lovely padded for low roses with delicate coloring.

Tiarki can be used as cover crops.Especially beautiful it looks during flowering, forming a lush carpet beneath the trees.This is one of the classic ingredients for woodland gardens, which serves as a perfect replacement lawn so problematic in the shade.They combine perfectly with variegated nettle, ungulates, fall aster divaricata, hellebore, Mountain Girl, low ferns and hosts.

autumn Heuchera and tiarki create the perfect backdrop for flowering crocus, deprived of their own foliage.

Anna Rubinin Moscow.
Photos by.
Magazine "Flower» № October 2007

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