Autumn Bride

Heuchera in the border in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Heuchera in the border (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Even though I’m petite, I tend to be attracted to big things.  That doesn’t just apply to plants, either.  I have a penchant for rescuing large animals, which has resulted in my husband limiting my pets by weight restriction, rather than quantity!  But, back to big plants: Most heuchera (coral bells) are attractive enough, with varied ranges of foliage from chartreuse to deep burgundy.  However, they usually prefer a lot of shade and most are quite small; limiting them to the front of the border or mixed with shorter perennials.  I do have several dainty coral bells sprinkled throughout my gardens, but the bigger, bolder leaves are really where I’m at.  And that’s where native Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’ comes down the aisle. [Read more…]

Late Bloomers

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and friend (photo by Kathy Diemer)

I don’t know about you, but I was a late bloomer.  I remember hounding my poor mother daily for a “training bra” and anxiously awaiting the day I would start menstruating.  A few decades later, I couldn’t wait for it all to be over.  Then, instead of moving on to a heavenly (and much deserved) phase of womanhood, I’m stuck in what I call the hot and dry spell.  But I digress.  Some late bloomers actually aren’t so traumatized, in fact when it comes to flowering plants, being a late bloomer is actually a good thing . . . Imagine that!  Late blooming perennials start up when all other plants have wound down for the season, giving us another few months of color and texture before winter comes calling.  Following are some reliable, long blooming plants to add interest during the season’s finale: [Read more…]

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