x-Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'
Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie' is another new and stunningly coloured foliage plant from the already huge family of decorative heucheras. Rich, rose pink foliage, with deeply defined veins, gets darker and richer until by the autumn the leaves have transformed to burgundy.
It also produces fine, tall sprays of tiny, cream bell flowers in spring, but who needs flowers when the foliage is this beautiful! And heucheras are semi evergreen, which means the display will continue all year round in all but the coldest winters.
When planting take care not to bury its crown, keeping it just above the surface so it's not susceptible to rot – match the pot soil height with the soil surface, and mulch with well rotted garden compost or manure. It prefers moist soil so keep it well watered and don't let it dry out, but improve drainage in heavy or compacted soils with compost and grit, as 'Midnight Rose' hates sitting with excess water around its roots. It is happiest in mottled shade but, like other darker leaved heucheras, will also tolerate full sun, so do not plant it anywhere too shady where the dark leaves can disappear. Keep plants looking fresh, by tidying away ragged leaves in early spring and again at the end of the summer and invigorate clumps by dividing every two – three years to keep them looking their best.
Its distinct, clumping, low mounding habit makes 'Berry Smoothie' ideal for providing ground cover amongst other plants at the front of the border or as an edging plant. It also looks good planted in drifts for a river of foliage colour amongst other perennials, such as geraniums, bergenias and ferns, or try with the contrasting foliage types and colours of the many other heuchera hybrids in acid green to caramel, or their close relations, the tiarellas and heucherellas. It is also striking against the soft, gentle colours of spring bulbs, as well as the bright, jazzy colours of a hot border later in the year.