This was the title of the talk given last Saturday by Vicky Fox from Plantagogo, six times Chelsea gold medal winners. Not only did she show her own passion for heucheras, but she managed to convince us all to share her passion.
Heucheras are evergreen plants, but ‘evergreen’ in this case is a total misnomer, as they are actually evergreen, everred, evermaroon, everpeach,everpurple and even everblack! But even that isn’t actually true as the colour of the plants will change throughout the year, sometimes so much so that you wouldn’t recognise it as the same plant.
Vicky’s talk started with some very useful advice on the pests and diseases that commonly attack heucheras: vine weevils, tiny moth caterpillars and fungal disease. All of the plants they supply are regularly treated to avoid infection by any of these as far as possible, but if you want any advice on how to deal with them then just check out the Plantagogo website.
Vicky also managed to explain why I’ve never been able to get a heuchera to survive in my garden. Although you can find a heuchera for just about any position, from full sun to full shade, they really don’t like to be constantly wet. So that rules out my swamp then!
Plantagogo are the National Collection Holders for heuchera, heucherella and tiarella. They hold over 450 varieties of heuchera, many of which they have bred themselves. And if you fancy a trip to the nursery, check out their website for dates of open days, or call them to book a visit. You will be assured of a warm welcome, a cup of tea and an unlimited supply of homemade cake.