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Click the Play arrow to hear Paul Parent and David Wilson as they discussed Heuchera 'Frosted Violet' on the The Paul Parent Garden Club radio show (April 29, 2007).
[11:39 minutes]

Heuchera ‘Frosted Violet’ PP#15085
      A luxurious tapestry of exotic and ever changing foliar patterns

Heuchera ‘Frosted Violet’ PP#15085 is no shrinking violet. Rather, it is a striking new colorful perennial that produces sumptuous mounds of pinkish-purple and violet tinted leaves. It is very long lasting, easy to look after and is constantly changing.

Hardiness Zone
Light Preference
Plant Height
Plant Spread
USDA Hardiness Zone 5
USDA Hardiness Zone 5
Growth height
Growth height
USDA Zones 4 to 9
Sun to partial shade
1’ to 2½’
1’ to 1½’

Months of easy to look after color. From the moment this outstanding variety puts out its new leaves in spring, to the arrival of hard frosts in winter, it brings rich, scintillating color to the garden — a luxurious tapestry of exotic looking and ever changing foliar patterns.

Burnished with a rich, iridescent violet sheen. In spring, the new leaves are pinkish-purple — a unique coloring that makes it different from any other form of purple-leaved coralbells that we have ever grown. Then, as the whole clump develops and matures, the upper surface becomes burnished with a rich, iridescent violet sheen that is both striking and appealing. Later on, this coloring develops silvery tints that are further accentuated by the dark purple, almost black veining; in late autumn and winter the entire plant turns a dark burgundy color.

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All this and flowers too!

With leaves this pretty who needs flowers? Well, as a matter of fact, it does flower. And lots of them, too! Myriads of small light pink flowers are produced from late spring to late summer, they are carried on thin stems that display them proudly above the foliage, they seem to float like pink seed pearls above the impressive carpet of leaves.

Culture

‘Frosted Violet’ is easy to grow. It performs best in rich, loamy, well-drained soils — so it is worth incorporating plenty of organic matter at planting time, and mulching regularly, to retain moisture in summer.

It is a Zone 4 plant, and hardy enough throughout our northeast region. In really cold northern areas, "frost heaving" can occur. This is when the effects of frozen soil expands, and then contracts after freezing, to displace the crowns leaving them near the surface. If this happens, and it is usually only in very cold districts, we suggest adding a layer of fresh compost in autumn, around the crown, so that the roots can grow into this the following spring.

Care

It is very easy to care for, too. Just trim away the old foliage in early spring to tidy it up after winter. Except for removing spent flower stems to encourage longer flowering, there is no other care that it needs.

Once established, it will tolerate short periods of drought. Obviously, the better the growing conditions the more luxuriant the growth and foliage will be. So, it is worth doing some supplemental watering during dry periods and applying a light feed with a well-balanced fertilizer in spring. Except for these simple tasks, it will thrive with minimal care.

Sun to partial shade

It is an accommodating and adaptable variety that will grow well in sun or partial shade. To get the best of the beautiful color hues we recommend a partially shaded location where it will receive a little protection during the hottest part of the day. It will grow well in a sunny site just make sure to incorporate plenty of organic matter at planting time to help retain soil moisture and prevent leaf burn.

Uses

This clump-forming and highly colorful performer is tremendous in all sorts of places: from conventional beds and borders, and foundation plantings, to edging alongside path and walkways. It's also great in raised beds, or massed together as ground cover in lightly shaded woodland garden situations.

Our Garden Splendor® specimens are grown to perfection and are instantly ready to make an immediate impact, so they are marvelous in new gardens or anywhere that a shot of instantaneous but prolonged color is required. It will work well in container plantings, too. In fact why not take a leaf out of my book and use it as an instant, easy container plant.

Last year when I was getting ready to begin trials in my garden, I popped it into a decorative container and enjoyed it on our deck for several weeks before planting it out in a border. The florescent luster on the leaves brightened up things considerably and it became quite a topic of conversation when visitors stopped by.

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Evergreen, and lasts up to 4 weeks as cut foliage

In mild or sheltered areas it will remain evergreen, so it is wonderful for extending seasonal displays. Since the spectacular foliage lasts up to an amazing 4 weeks in water, when picked for floral arrangements.

It has become a regular choice for inclusion in bud vase and small table decorations in our household. Quite incredibly, I have used the same leaves in several subsequent arrangements, when the other flowers have faded after a week to ten days. I just changed the water, trimmed and inserted the same leaves, then repeated the process with another batch of blooms. The Frosted Violet foliage was looking just as fresh and colorful as when I started!

This is the best, little known secret in gardening. It is truly amazing just how long these leaves will last when cut!

Born in the Keystone State

‘Frosted Violet’ was created in southwestern Pennsylvania by noted plant breeder Charles Oliver. It came out of a series of crosses that he made at his Primrose Path nursery in 1998. He wanted to produce a variety that would combine the size, vigor, and general appearance of an extra-good bronze-leaved (H. villosa) type with the leaf silvering of some of his existing silvery metallic patterned varieties. He used H. ‘Silver Lode’, a variety he introduced in 2001 with beautiful pewter patina-like patterns, as the pollen parent. When he crossed this with the largest growing variety he has ever produced (H. ‘Bronze Wave’), the result was a seedling that “was obviously exceptional from the start.” Charles was so impressed that instead of waiting until the next spring to choose his selections from among his potted and grown on seedlings, he picked it out immediately when he saw it in the seed flat.

His wife and business partner, Martha, suggested the name ‘Frosted Violet’, because it so succinctly described the special color characteristics.

This is an exciting new variety, developed from hardy and resilient native species by a highly respected and gifted American breeder. It has undergone extensive trialing in a region that combines extremes of heat and cold, with unreliable summer rainfall, not to mention unpredictable winter snow.

‘Frosted Violet’ has emerged as an outstanding variety that embodies so much of what we stand for. It is an excellent example of how the special Garden Splendor® brand of plants brings gardeners the very best of the tried and true and the most promising of the exciting and new.

Come by soon, and see for yourself.


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