Planting Black Pearl Heuchera // Garden Answer


Hey guys, how’s it going? Laura with Garden answer. Today I’m planting some Primo Black Pearl Heucheras in my garden, and I’ve showed you guys this plant before in fact we just did a video tour of the Proven Winners booth at Cultivate when we were in Columbus, Ohio, and they used a lot of this plant because it’s actually the 2018 perennial plant of the year. And I think it’s just gorgeous, it looks really different than a lot of other things that we plant in the garden. The foliage is so dark. It’s black, it’s one of the darkest Heucheras and I love the leaf shape they’ve got really scalloped leaves with kind of ruffley the edges and then if you take a look at the underside of the leaf it’s kind of this rosy pink color that I think is so, so beautiful. And then they also bloom so about midsummer they’ll shoot up bloom stalks, and you can actually see there’s some left on this plant here, And they’re a white, kind of a creamy white, with pink, really delicate looking and I’m not usually a huge fan of blooms on Heucheras, but this one I absolutely love. In fact I don’t have a lot left on any of these plants because I’ve been cutting them for floral arrangements. They make a really great filler. And I actually wanted to show you some plants that I think would look really pretty with this one just because of how dark the foliage is and if you’re not used to planting this of color. Look at the contrast with the Autumn Frost Hosta with this black Pearl Heuchera Just absolutely beautiful, and I brought these up especially because I wanted to kind of play with them and see what I want to incorporate around these plants. This is the other one. This is called a Cutting Edge Tiarella and the reason why I love this one is because of the dark variegation I feel like the darkness of the leaves of this Heuchera really bring out that variegation, and this one gives you a little bit more of a tonal kind of muted look really beautiful textures here, I haven’t decided which ones I’m going to use or if I’m going to use both of them But I just really wanted to show them off. So this guy is a Zone 4 through 9, so hardy to negative 30 which is awesome. They also have winter interest. So they’re a semi evergreen so they keep their color, they keep most of their foliage throughout the winter time, and then all you have to worry about doing is cleaning up any tattered leaves in the springtime. And the other really nice thing about this Heuchera is most of the time we think of these as a shade plant. Like strictly shade or, you know, just very little sun. This one can actually handle full sun situations. It does perform the best if it’s given a little bit of shade, like a part shade situation, which is what I’ve got here. It’s afternoon right now, it gets a good block of morning sun, and then it’s shaded kind of dappled shade throughout the afternoon so it should do really well in this spot. So as far as size goes, these get about 8 to 10 inches tall, that is the foliage, and then with the bloom stalks they can get anywhere from 18 to 20 inches tall. So you’re kind of dealing with two different size ranges, you’ve got the nice dense kind of mound of dark foliage, and then you’ve got the beautiful tall bloom stalks that come up, and kind of like this ethereal look on top of the plant they just kind of float there. So for watering they just like average water. So this whole area is on a drip system. I water everything pretty much together, which is really nice. So I don’t have to worry about coming in and giving these any extra water or making sure they don’t get as much as the rest of them. It’s kind of nice to have an area where everything is compatible. Of course most plants don’t like to be sitting in water, and neither do these, they like a well draining spot. And then as far as soil goes, I’ve heard that they like a little bit more on the neutral to acidic side of the Ph scale we have really alkaline soil here, and I’ve planted Heucheras for years with no problem. I would like to say that these are a really versatile plant soil wise because they just do so well for us here, and when a plant does well for us here, I know that it’ll probably do really well in your garden. Okay, so for planting this is pretty easy. This area actually has pretty good, workable soil, so I’m not going to be working in any compost to this area, of course I like to top dress, like as my mulch I use a planting compost which kind of you know gradually works its way down into the soil, but I’m not going to work any around the root ball, and I’m just going to be using just a general starter fertilizer, This is Espoma Bio-Tone. So I will just add a little bit of that in the bottom of the hole and then backfill the regular soil around it, water them in, and that’s pretty much it. So for fertilizing the next spring, and really for every consecutive spring after that, I’ll follow up with something like Plant-Tone. So that’s pretty much it as far as planting goes, so I’m just going to get these in the ground. I think that these look so pretty in this spot, in fact I like them so much that I’m going to go see if I can find a few more because I would love to put maybe one here right about where I’m at and then drift them maybe in front of these Limelight Hydrangeas because I didn’t even think about how beautiful that dark foliage would look contrasting these beautiful chartreuse blooms. So that’s pretty much it you guys, that’s the Black Pearl Heuchera. I hope you enjoyed watching this video, and we will see you in the next one. Bye!

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