Last year at the ‘Gardening Scotland 2006’ show I was drawn to the displays of heucheras. The newer varieties had such unusual colours and wonderful names. I wonder how the nurserymen choose names for new plants. Marmalade was the name of one of the varieties I came home with that day and today I went out into my garden to spread it around a little more!
Sunlight through the leaves looks wonderful as you can see above and you could almost see it as a jar of marmalade. However, today it was dull as I gardened under the threat of rain at times and my photos below don’t truely reflect the lovely colours of this plant.
My intention today was to divide my heuchera to increase my stock of this lovely plant. I have successfully done this with other heucheras many times. My plant was a good size as you can see in the photo top right above. Although sometimes when you lift the plant the roots are bunched quite tightly as you can see in the larger photo above, left.
My plant did put up a fight! It was tricky to pull apart, but I finished what I had started and got six plants out of it. Now, I have to say here this may not be completely successful this time as some plants didn’t have a lot of root – although two should definitely be fine. I am forever an optimist when it comes to making new plants and enjoy trying anyway.
I took photos of some of the plants that caught my eye at the show which you can see below. As well as Marmalade I bought the beautiful dark Obsidian. I am not certain, until I find the labels, but I think I also bought Caramel and Peach Flambé. The final four plants are on my wish list – now what gardener wouldn’t be tempted by these plants!