Heucheras have been pretty unstable in what is shown sold in catalogs and what is reality. The leaves shift in color with almost every passing day. I have a special interest in adding plants that will stay true to their advertised color, size and shape.
Terra Nova Nurseries released a few new varieties that they shared at IGC. They brought 19 new plants for display. The goal for these plants was to showcase improvements over older varieties in performance, crown size, and flowering. Owning a few of the older species, there are many desired changes that I'd like to see in consistency of leaf color and perhaps longevity.
|Heuchera 'Pear Crisp' part of the new "Crisp" series.|
Photo permission of Terra Nova Nurseries www.terranovanurseries.com.
|Heuchera 'Delta Dawn'. Photo permission of Terra Nova Nurseries www.terranovanurseries.com.|
|Heuchera 'Electra'. Photo permission of Terra Nova Nurseries www.terranovanurseries.com.|
I've grown a few Heuchera over the years, nothing compared to a breeder, but have been a bit surprised, sometimes disappointed, at the variability in leaf color over the season. I am amazed that they can be marketed under one particular color or another. With each successive year, this color variation seems to be decreasing and plants are coming closer to maintaining the marketed color that they are sold under. In zone 5b, Huecheras, Heucherellas, Tiarellas not only return but also do so reliably even in our gray, (lately) harsh, snowless winters.