Here in Northfield, Minnesota, on Monday, August 21st, at 1:07:11 CDT, the moon obscured 84.8% of the sun. That said, you can see why I’m so inspired to feature this week‘s perennial, Heucherella ‘Solar Eclipse’! Take a look at those leaves! (No protective eye-wear is necessary for this view). You’ll see right away how ‘Solar Eclipse’ Heucherella got its descriptive name. Each lovely, dark maroon, scalloped leaf “shines” with a bright lime green edge. At 10” tall and 16” wide, the dense mounding habit of ‘Solar Eclipse’ makes it an excellent selection for perennial beds and border edges, where you can appreciate the unique pattern on their semi-evergreen foliage.
Heucherella are amazing in fall containers, hanging baskets and plantings. Combine them with mums and ornamental grasses for a 5 star effect. Heucherella are able to grow in full sun to full shade, but truly prefer part shade which will produce the best foliage color. In locations with full sun or hot afternoon sun, Heucherella will require regular watering to maintain their vigor.