This spring brighten up landscape with new, bright-colored foliage versions of two popular spring-flowering perennials.
Heuchera 'Sunspot' is a 16-inch-tall plant that features stalks of vivid pink flowers. The show-stopper, however, is the leaves. The electric-yellow leaves with burgundy red veins grab the attention of any gardener passing by. Although the leaf color fades during midsummer, in spring it provides a wake-up call for any sleepy perennial bed. 'Sunspot' grows equally well in full sun and part-shade.
To brighten a shady border, try growing the new Brunnera 'Jack Frost'. The frosted, heart-shaped leaves with green veins provide a silvery backdrop to the forget-me-not blue flowers that emerge in spring. This shade lover grows to 10 inches tall and wide. It was a winner of the prestigious Plantarium "Best New Plant Award" in 2001.
Check local garden centers or contact Terranova Nurseries(www.terranovanurseries.com) for sources of these new perennials.
Article published on June 23, 2008.