Heucherella Sweet Tea
Huge, Brilliantly Colored Foliage that Intensifies in Heat and Humidity .
White blooms top this mounded, well-branched plant in late spring, delighting the butterflies.
Without a doubt the most brilliantly colored, exciting Heucherella ever grown, 'Sweet Tea' is the foliage plant you must add to the shade garden this season! There is simply nothing else like these scalloped 4-inch leaves with cinnamon-russet centers and orange- and rose-infused edges. They complement all surrounding garden colours, and present an utterly unique, breathtaking show of their own three or even four seasons a year!
Colorful Heucherella are nothing new, but the play of oranges and browns on these leaves introduces an entirely new palette to the family. And the colors just become darker and more vibrant in summer heat and humidity! There's simply nothing else to compare it to!
Expect this shade-loving perennial to reach about 20 inches high and 28 inches wide. In late spring, creamy white blooms fly above the foliage on slender 7-inch stems like so many flags atop a ship. Attractive to butterflies, they can be left on the plant or snipped as filler for indoor arrangements. And as they pass, the amber, orange, and apricot tones of spring turn to richer cinnamon, burnt umber, and darkest salmon-peach with the hot weather of summer. Magnificent!
'Sweet Tea' fares best in partial shade, though it will tolerate full shade as well. It prefers soil that has been amended with organics, but once established in the garden is quite tolerant of less rich conditions.
Set it fearlessly among your Helleborus, Pulmonaria, and Actaea, as well as among its cousins Heuchera and Tiarella. It makes a fine exclamation point in the Hosta garden, and a startling textural contrast among Hardy Ferns. Impervious to most pests and diseases, this adaptable perennial is a good choice for groundcover and mass planting as well as accent use in the border and in containers. It makes a stunning edging along a garden path, or a foreground planting for the shrub border. Very highly recommended for gardens almost anywhere in the country.