Summer Garden Planning

With the cold temperatures outside it may be hard to imagine the flowers and plants in your garden coming to life, but winter is a great time to start thinking about what you will plant for your summer garden.

Heucheras are hardy evergreen perennials, a great choice for any garden as many flower all spring and summer and they are easy to take care of. They love well drained soil, and don’t like to be too wet.

As they have a wide variety of colourful leaves, they are great as ground covers or to add some colour to borders. Different varietals will grow in different aspects (full sun, full shade or partial sun/shade) so you can find a plant for almost any position in your garden.

Mixing heuchera, heucherella, and tiarella can give a pretty effect with the mix of small and larger leaves and flower stems. They also mix well when planted with other plant varietals, so you can give your garden a full varied look.

We will soon be adding Penstemon Pentastic series (pictured above) to our website, bred by my brother. You can find out more information including growing here.

We’ve been hard at work getting all of our plants in top shape to send out soon, so have a look in our shop and start planning out your summer garden. You can search by colour, aspect and plant variety to make things easier. If you want to peruse our plants yourself, visit us on our first open days March 31st-April 2nd to stock up on plants and get advice from us, not to mention some delicious home made cake while you’re here!

Plantagogo Heucheras on ‘The Great British Garden Revival’

Just before ‘The Chelsea Flower Show’ last year (2014) we had a visit from ‘The Great British Garden Revival’ this is the second series for BBC2.

They we’re doing a program on woodland plants.

Heuchera, Heucherella & Tiarella are just that, woodland plants.

The Heucheras we grow are hybrids from North American native Heucheras in the main.

National Collection of Heucheras from Plantagogo

Plantagogo has over 450 varieties of Heuchera alone most of which are Hybrids from North American natives.

We hold the National Collection of Heuchera, Heucherella and Tiarella to find out about National Collections take a look at this link.

When our camera/sound men arrived we had cake of course! Well it would be rude not too!

Homemade Lemon Drizzle cake from plantagogo

Homemade Lemon Drizzle cake from plantagogo

Then we got to work as we only had the crew there for 2 hours!! I say work but I love to talk about our plants so it was all good fun really 🙂

We love our summer house all year round great place to relax and have a coffee

Filming Vicky from Plantagogo for The Great British Garden Revival

Vicky from Plantagogo my favourites were being discussed here

I wandered round our garden and talked about how we manage to enjoy the garden when we are so busy.

Floyd making sure everything is coming up nicely in Plantagogos private garden.

Floyd making sure everything is coming up nicely in Plantagogos private garden.

Then we went onto our nursery to take a look around and of course the camera came too!

Its not the most glamorous little green house but its like an old friend, always there for us and well loved.

Vicky and cameras in the small propagation house at Plantagogo Heucheras

This propagation house is only tiny we have a larger one, but this has all the reserves for the National Collection which Plantagogo own.

Heuchera, heucherella And Tiarellas at Plantagogo

We need lots of space to house the National Collection and our show plants

We grow all our own Heucheras and breed some varieties of our own too. Always looking for something different or improved. I think we managed it with these don’t you ?

Heuchera ‘Thomas’ TM (Fox Series)

Bred by us, named after our son has to be one of our favourites (well it just does doesn’t it ?)


Heuchera 'Thomas' Flower bred by Plantagogo UK bred.

Heuchera ‘Thomas’ Flower bred by Plantagogo UK bred.

Heuchera 'Thomas' close up of leaf bred by Planatgogo UK bred

Heuchera ‘Thomas’ close up of leaf low growing foliage in neat mounds.

Vicky holding Heuchera 'Thomas' bred by Plantagogo at Chelsea 2013

Vicky holding Heuchera ‘Thomas’ bred by Plantagogo at Chelsea 2013 on its launch, its a fabulous Heuchera.

Heuchera ‘Tangerine Wave’ TM (Fox Series) another variety bred by us (they filmed this but you never know what they are going to leave on the cutting room floor, when you do TV) This was one of the first varieties we launched from our breeding program.

Heuchera 'Tangerine Wave' in Spring bred by Plantagogo

Heuchera ‘Tangerine Wave’ in Spring showing its beautiful ruffled foliage bred by Plantagogo a great Heuchera that’s UK bred too


Heuchera 'Tangerine Wave' close up of leaf

Heuchera ‘Tangerine Wave’ close up of leaf, its great for the full sun bred by Plantagogo

Heuchera 'Tangerine Wave' in Winter, bred by Plantagogo.

Heuchera ‘Tangerine Wave’ in Winter after some cold frosty nights, bred by Plantagogo.

Heuchera ‘Phoebes Blush’ TM (Fox Series) was our latest introduction just after the filming was completed at The Chelsea Flower Show back in May 2014

Heuchera Phoebes Blush named after Vickys Granny bred by Plantagogo

Heuchera Phoebes Blush named after Vickys Granny bred by Plantagogo I can’t tell you why she is blushing! Well..not today anyway…

Heuchera 'Phoebes Blush' named after Vickys Granny bred by Plantagogo

Heuchera ‘Phoebes Blush’ named after Vickys Granny bred by Plantagogo

Phew! when all that was done we went to get ready for Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Its a hectic life!!

Keep an eye open for our New introductions from us throughout the year….We have a few great new varieties for 2015 from our breeding program, as well as lots of other new introductions from other breeders from around the world, we think you might like to see 🙂

Other Heucheras shown on the program were…

Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ below is a link to our blog on Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ we did a few days ago.

Bred by Janet Egger from Terra Nova Nurseries USA

Heuchera 'Lipstick'

Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ has the best red flower of all the current varieties available at this time.


Heuchera ‘Pear Crisp’ Great variety for shade bred by Janet Egger from Terra Nova Nurseries USA

Heuchera 'Pear Crsip' fabulous lime green foliage

Heuchera ‘Pear Crisp’ fabulous lime green foliage great for a shady place in the garden.

Heuchera Coral Bouquet’ was shown on the program. This is one of the National Collection Heritage Heucheras’ that we are trying to bring back. It has green foliage but as you can see its not always about the foliage! We don’t know anyone who have this in their collections (well that haven’t had them from us anyway) This was in the Old National Collection from Mary Ramsdale (sadly no longer intact) it was down to the last one that we knew of when we first had it.

Heuchera 'Coral Bouquet a Heritage Heuchera.

Heuchera ‘Coral Bouquet’ a Heritage Heuchera from the National Collection.

If you like our plants and nursery you can always come and see us at the shows or see us at the nursery on the Open Days (see website) or ring and make an appointment.

If you can’t do that, don’t forget we sell 1 litre plants that can go straight into your garden from our website.

Follow link below to find the plants that were on the program.

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Below are some links to shows we will be attending during 2015 below



Glamorous Heuchera ‘Lipstick’


Heuchera Lipstick is the best red flowering Heuchera of the moment!

Heuchera 'Lipstick' the only true red!

Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ so glamorous!

Just as iconic stars of Hollywood wore bright red lipstick ….Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, and Marilyn Monroe, adding glamour to our screens. Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ adds some glamour to our gardens.

Heuchera 'Lipstick in our 2014 Chelsea display

Heuchera ‘Lipstick in our 2014 Chelsea display

We used Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ to give our display some Hollywood glamour in our Gold medal winning 2014 Chelsea Flower Show display.

I think she managed it, with Heucherella ‘Brass Lantern’ (the coppery one in the center)

Our leading man Heucherella ‘Brass Lantern’, is flanked either side with the two leading ladies Heuchera ‘Lipstick’.

You all seemed to love it, making it our most popular Heuchera of our 2014 Chelsea display.

Look up Chelsea flower show 2015 maybe get some tickets …we will be there maybe we will have our Hollywood superstar Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ on display

Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ flowering for such long period.

Loving sun or part shade makes her a great garden plant.

She just keeps on giving week after week, month after month.

To keep her looking glamorous, dead when needed as this will make her flower for even longer!

It also to keep the whole plant looking tidy.

She has long slender black stems too making those red flowers pop even more, as they ascend from the low mounding silvery green foliage.

Heuchera 'Lipstick' the most amazing red flowers

Heuchera ‘Lipstick’ the most amazing red flowers on tall slender black stems.

She can go in the border or in pots mixes well with Heuchera and Heucherella as well as other perennials, even annuals. You can plant a single plant or put 3 or more together for impact.

In the border you could make a swath running through like a river to connect other parts of the garden together.

There are lots of uses for such a glamorous lady. Have fun and enjoy!

Fabulous Darling!

Hahaha… Well if you can’t have a bit of fun…

Maybe see you all at Chelsea 2015 where we might have some new rising stars to maybe pick up an Oscar of their own ??