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Heucheras and Heucherellas: Coral Bells and Foamy Bells

By Dan Heims and Grahame Ware

Written in a breezy style, this book informs and delights.

Biology Digest

Few perennials have undergone as dramatic a "makeover" as heucheras (coral bells) and their hybrids with tiarellas (foamflowers), the heucherellas (foamy bells). Drawn mainly from diminutive forest-dwelling species with small white flowers and unremarkable foliage, these woodlanders and crevice dwellers are now among the most popular plants in nurseries around the world. Dan Heims and Grahame Ware not only provide background on the wild species of Heuchera, they also tell how these plants were developed into the garden stars they are today, with an appreciative nod to the breeders who revolutionized the plants' characteristics. The book's main feature is extensive listings of the choice selections and hybrids available commercially; practical chapters on garden care, propagation, and design uses round out this fascinating account. Gardeners looking for the drab and colorless need not trouble themselves with this book — the first ever on these striking plants.

Media reviews

"I thought I had every heuchera known to mankind, but this book has 116 pictures of assorted heucheras."

—Dulcy Mahar, Oregonian

"Written in a breezy style, this book informs and delights."

Biology Digest

"A gem of a book and one that will be treasured by serious plantspeople."

—Patricia A. Taylor, Trenton Times

"This book provides detailed background on the history of this striking plant. This fascinating account also provides an extensive listing of hundreds of choice selections and hybrids available commercially, as well as practical chapters on garden care, propagation, and design uses."

Perennial Plant Association Newsletter

"They suggest ways to combine them with yellow, silver, and bronze companions, use them in floral arrangements, woodland or dry gardens, and in the winter garden."

—Ilene Sternberg, Wilmington News Journal

"This detailed and lavish book is an exceptional guide to these popular flowers."

—George Cohen, Booklist

"Delivers in revving up the engines of an avid gardener and delivers substance, too."

—Chuck Robinson, Kansas City Gardener

"This book will increase the popularity of these plants that deserve to be grown and enjoyed. The photographs are superb, and every aspect of the plants' culture is covered."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"[Heims and Ware] recount the wild life of Heuchera, tracing how the 36 species, 37 subspecies, and two natural hybrids ... were developed into the garden luminaries they are today, with a salute to the breeders who revolutionized the plants' characteristics."

—Ilene Sternberg, Wilmington News Journal

"Whatever your soil type and sun exposure, with the help of this book, youll be able to find the perfect heuchera or heucherella."

—Jean Starr, Northwest Indiana Times

About the authors

Dan Heims

Dan Heims has been deeply involved in horticulture since 1974 and has lectured worldwide. He is currently the president of Terra Nova Nurseries and has been published in American Gardener, Garden Design, and Horticulture magazines to name a few.

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Grahame Ware

Grahame Ware is a freelance writer and broadcaster for Canadian radio, television, and print media. A lifelong gardener, he is a trained horticulturist and has used heucheras extensively for over a decade in his, as well as his clients', gardens. He lives in a log and straw bale home that he designed and built with his partner, Jan, outside of Vernon, British Columbia.

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