By Carol Stocker...If you want season long garden color in part shade, look for plants with beautiful foliage that will hold its hues. Heucheras do that plus they do it in part shade and, unlike coleus, they are perennial and have flowers. What a plant!
Since 1973, Dan Heims has been deeply involved in all facets of horticulture. He's currently the president of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., in Oregon, where I interviewed him and saw his amazing display garden. This company noted for its many new introductions to horticulture. Terra Nova's breeding programs have produced many international gold and silver medal winners and an astounding 700 new plants to horticulture.
Dan's specialty is heucheras, and he has done more than anyone else to bring this native wildflower into the garden with a great variety of leaf colors. New this year are Heuchera 'Delta Dawn,' which has round leaves with red centers and gorgeous gold and lime highlights. and "Paprika,' with warm cherry coral foliage, 'Blondie,' a blooming machine with 8 inch creamy flower spikes rising from colorful foliage, and Huecherella 'Sunrise Falls,' a trailing foam flower especially for containers.
For sunnier locations, he is also introducing 'Red Hot Popsicle,' a compact knipohfia, 'Cherry Truffle,' a sedum with red black foliage, 'Goldfinch,' the yellowest flowering Shasta daisy ever, and 'Fire Storm, a dwarf geum with plentiful orange flowers.
Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., is a wholesale nurserie, but its fantastic perennial plants are available at many local nurseries and you can Google their website for more information.