Heucherella Red Rover Description
Red Rover Heucherella is a new evergreen groundcover for shade that will bring your garden to the next level with exotic looking huge leaves, red transitioning foliage and color throughout 3+ seasons.
Foliage shape: Exotic leaves indeed! Eye catching oak leaf shape measure a whopping 5"! Something rarely mentioned is how low to the ground they grow (their Heuchera cousin get much taller). Sprawling mounds extend 20" across, striking leaves lay attractively flat to better appreciate color and shape. Also something that grows this low, you can tuck in anywhere - beneath shrubs, next to medium size plants, along a shaded pathway, or containers!
Foliage Color: Energetic color transitions! Cooler months of spring and fall bring out a deep coppery red color with dark veining. In warmer months, color softens to yellow-olive-brown shades. Plants remain leathery rugged in the garden.
Blooms: Towering 34" scapes bearing small creamy white blooms in late spring, early summer. Once flowering is complete, you might prefer to remove the spent flower scapes to better appreciate the foliage.
Light: Best foliage color may occur in sunny spots with part afternoon shade. Highly sun tolerant in the north (with more moisture).
It's tough: This plant is tough and resilient like an old friend. It thrives in heat & humidity.
Uses: Trouble free groundcover with so many uses. Great for transitional areas (where some areas might be a combination of shade and sun). Spirited accent for Buxus, Thuja Forever Goldy, Fothergilla and other shrubs. A real crowd pleaser with gold or variegated Hostas. Don't forget a few plants for containers-where they will nicely spill over the sides.
A good, short growing red evergreen ground cover that is hardy, quick to fill, low maintenance, easy to grow and trouble-free. This sun/shade perennial is charming accent for any garden setting. Branded under FUN AND GAMES®. A Proven Winners Selection - (extensive selection process to gain this noteworthy title!
Special Features: Accent, Butterfly Lovers, Color Change, Container Gardening, Drought Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Edging, Easy Care, Evergreen ,Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Hummingbird Lovers, Multi-season Interest, Small Spaces, Under planting.
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- Botanical Name:
Heucherella FUN AND GAMES® 'Red Rover'
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- Sun Exposure:
Sun, Part ShadeShade
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- Height x Width:
6-8" x 20"
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Accent, Alpine and Rock garden, Border, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Small spaces, Under Planting, Woodland
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- Patent #: PPAF
Ideas and How-to's
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Soil: Coral bells like a neutral to slightly acid soil pH, somewhere between 6.0 and 7.0. Good drainage is a must, especially in shaded areas. They do well in soil where some organic matter has been added.
Light: As a general rule, Heucheras do well in shade, but for the highly colored varieties, some morning sun will bring out more intense coloring. The color can wash out in full sun, and too much heat and light can cause the leaves to scorch.
Water: Average -- better too dry than too wet when established. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not consistently wet to prevent root rot. To reduce the risk of foliar disease, Heuchera require watering during the early morning so any excess moisture can evaporate before evening. Drip irrigation effectively delivers moisture directly to the soil, further reducing the plant's vulnerability to disease.
Spacing: 1.5 ft
Fertilizing: Use good quality compost, or well aged livestock manure, or a combination of the two. Apply a few pounds for each plant, each year or two. On poor soils, top dress every year, or every other year on moderate quality soils. Spreading a 2-inch layer of mulch over the soil surrounding Heuchera helps insulate the soil during winter, and improve moisture retention. About 3 inches of space between the plant's crown and the mulch allows air circulation, which prevents rotting and disease. Replenishing the mulch throughout the year ensures proper winter protection and hinders the establishment of competitive weeds. Heuchera does not require fertilization during the fall or winter months.
Winterizing: Winter mulching will prevent the freezing and thawing that can heave plants roots.
Maintenance & Pruning: Cut back the entire flower stalk after flowering to put the plants energy into growing more leaves. Divide Coral bells every 3-5 years to keep them from dying out in the center.
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