Coral Bells (Heuchera) are used equally in containers and the landscape, but different types can have widely different uses in the garden. Hans Hansen and the hybridizing team at Walters Gardens have worked hard to create a collection that contains better performers in the landscape.
The New PRIMO™ Collection from Proven Winners® and Walters Gardens, Inc. differs from the DOLCE® Heuchera collection in that they are larger and fast growing in the landscape due to their Heuchera villosa parentage. There are three current members of the collection.
‘Black Pearl’ is perhaps the shining star of the 2016-17 growing season, quickly finishing in containers and in the garden alike, with its jet-black, glossy, scalloped shaped leaves. This is certainly a plant that you can recognize from a distance, making other “black” Heuchera look brown in comparison, even in full sun – although part shade is probably best for ideal color.
A perfect color combination to ‘Black Pearl’ is ‘Pretty Pistachio,’ its yellow hued counterpart. ‘Pretty Pistachio’ is best in part shade to shade, where its chartreuse yellow leaves can really brighten up the darker spaces. In addition to its bright leaves, bubblegum-pink flowers appear above the foliage nearly all summer long, throwing up new flower scapes repeatedly as temperatures rise.
Last, but not least, is the newcomer ‘Wild Rose,’ which is not yet on the market, but available for booking. Large, bright rosy-purple leaves with charcoal gray veining gives this Heuchera a unique appeal in the garden. An informal survey shows this new color is particularly attractive to women. Rosy-pink flowers are produced above the foliage, giving it the appeal gardeners are looking for.
All three members of the series are very tall and wide, so make sure you give this the space they deserve in the garden! More colors are planned for this series in the future.