Heucheras and Heucherellas: Coral Bells and Foamy Bells

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Few perennials have undergone as dramatic a "makeover" as heucheras (coral bells) and their hybrids with tiarellas (foamflowers), the heucherellas (foamy bells). Drawn mainly from diminutive forest-dwelling species with small white flowers and unremarkable foliage, these woodlanders and crevice dwellers are now among the most popular plants in nurseries around the world. Dan Heims and Grahame Ware not only provide background on the wild species of Heuchera, they also tell how these plants were developed into the garden stars they are today, with an appreciative nod to the breeders who revolutionized the plants' characteristics. The book's main feature is extensive listings of the choice selections and hybrids available commercially; practical chapters on garden care, propagation, and design uses round out this fascinating account. Gardeners looking for the drab and colorless need not trouble themselves with this book---the first ever on these striking plants.

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Few perennials have undergone as dramatic a makeover as heucheras (coral bells) and their hybrids with tiarellas (foamflowers), the heucherellas (foamy bells). Drawn mainly from diminutive forest-dwelling species with fantastic, vibrant foliage, these woodlanders and crevice dwellers are now among the most popular plants in nurseries around the world. Featured are extensive listings of the choice selections and hybrids available commercially and practical chapters on garden care, propagation, and design. If you desire the latest in cutting-edge, showy color in foliage plants, look no further than heucheras and heucherellas.

About the Author:

Dan Heims is president of Terra Nova Nurseries, a wholesale nursery specializing in choice perennials; he founded his nursery after a career as a horticultural educator, plant breeder, and owner of a design and build landscape business. His articles, photographs, and plant discussions have been featured in print, television, and radio throughout the world. Heims was the recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Reginald Cory Memorial Cup in 2002, which recognized his achievement in Heuchera breeding. Terra Nova's heucheras won nine Awards of Garden Merit from the RHS in 2003. Dan Heims lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon.

Grahame Ware is a freelance writer and broadcaster for Canadian radio, television, and print media. A lifelong gardener, he is a trained horticulturalist and has used heucheras extensively for over a decade. He lives in a log and straw bale home that he designed and built with his partner, Jan, outside of Vernon, British Columbia.

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