Gotta Have It: Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

I have always had a bit of a thing for brown tones in the garden. I love it in my floral designs, whether it is with pink, white, yellow, orange, red (does it go with every colour?) but especially blue!

When the Toronto Botanical Garden had their plant sale in the spring I picked up heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’. I loved the colour of the leaves, they are a coppery orange and have a burgundy blotch in the centre of the leaf.  I am always looking for gorgeous foliage to use in the shade garden.  And when I was at the Owen Sound farmers market later that month, one of the vendors had this lovely little viola ‘Karma Blue Butterfly’ for sale.

I planted them side by side, the viola has not been out of flower since that day (and I have been very slack on the deadheading). 

 But the heucherella  has just started to flower. I do not know why it is out of whack, it is supposed to flower in the spring, but I am happy to take it.  Such a delicate bloom. 

Yikes, just ignore that big dandelion in the picture, I didn’t notice it at the time, its days are numbered! The daylily is also on the move.

I have been so happy with this combo that I need to enlarge it in the spring. 


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  1. 1

    Valerie said,

    Wow doesn’t that look great. Lovely colours.

  2. 3

    thevioletfern said,

    What a beautiful combination! I think it’s blooming because it’s so happy to be in your garden. What dandelion?

  3. 5

    teza said,

    It truly is a wonderful plant is it not? I love that even on a bad day [if that is possible] it still looks like a pile of the most beautiful fresh raked leaves…. mine has yet to flower but I believe Heucherella are later. Funny that this somewhat demure beauty has usurped the flashier H. Golden Zebra! Dandilion? Wanna trade it for a thistle that had, until yesterday escaped my attention? Yikes!

  4. 7

    I agree with you Deborah, the leaf color of the heucherella is gorgeous, and the blooms are a lovely bonus. I’m sure next year its bloom period will normalize. I often find plants are out whack the first year the garden, especially if they’ve recently spent time in a greenhouse.

  5. 9

    leavesnbloom said,

    Hi there Deborah

    I simply adore foliage in the garden and this heucherella is one that I have never come across before. It does have nice foliage along with good strong flowering stems. I’m sure the bees love those blooms just now.

    I think plants always need atleast a couple of seasons to settle into their correct flowering period and I’m sure it will settle eventually.

    I had to really look for that dandelion – but while looking for it I noticed your red barron grass thats also in the picture. Thats a nice combination.

  6. 11

    What a pretty combo and wow to that foliage!

  7. 13

    Edith Hope said,

    Dearest D, I think , like you, that it is so important to consider foliage and texture in the garden rather than to focus on flower power. Plants must earn their garden space and flowers are generally all too fleeting to make them the most important consideration.

  8. 15

    Sweet Tea is stunning, I have been looking for one since I saw it in a magazine last year. I have not been able to find one yet, but will keep looking. Don’t you hate it when a weed sneaks into a picture? How do they do that?? 🙂

  9. 17

    Anna said,

    I bought ‘Sweet Tea’ late last year Deborah and she did not flower until well on in the summer. I think that plants sometimes get out of synch for a while before they settle in so perhaps next year we’ll both have spring flowering ‘Sweet Teas’. Isn’t she a beauty?

  10. 19

    Pretty color combo. Coralbelles do not do so well for me. I have a friend that has them seeding like weeds, but each time I plant them, they come back like miniatures. Tiny little leaves. It looks like a normal size plant, only a couple inches tall.

  11. 21

    Catharine said,

    Heucheras and all their friends and realations are really popular over here and now. But it was the pansy that made me feel weak at the knees!

  12. 23

    debsgarden said,

    I am becoming more and more enamored of heuchera as each season passes. There are so many fabulous foliage colors available. Your combination is especially pretty. I will be on the lookout for ‘Sweet Tea’. With a name like that, it has to grow well for me!

  13. 25

    I have to agree with Teza, it looks like a glowing mound of autumn leaves. Stunning!

  14. 27

    Lynne said,

    I love that first picture especially. I think it is beautiful.

  15. 29

    Racquel said,

    Wow she’s a beauty! 🙂

  16. 31

    Joy said,

    Deborah girl I have Sweet Tea too and I really love it .. along with Brass Lantern, Autumn Leaves .. which are new to me this year .. plus Peach Flambe which I have to say is fantastic ! .. hey .. I notice a lot of weeds in my pictures too that I didn’t see while taking pictures .. those naughty weeds !!! LOL
    Joy : )

  17. 33

    yes i can definately see the dandelion tut tut Deborah! ah but a lovely combination of colour and the viola is the star for me, i really love their delicate features…

  18. 35

    Wendy said,

    I love the heucherella – and its little sidekick next to it! I bought a bargain heucherella that was supposed to be a dark red/maroon, but it’s definitely more of a pretty brown. I really like it too!

  19. 37

    Paul said,

    I am into purple at the moment. Purple fountain grass, rhoeo, cordyline etc. Foliage colours counterpoint blooms so well.

    Thank you for the favourite at blotanical. Back at you!

  20. 39

    Barbara H. said,

    Love the dandelion – sometimes you seem superhuman to me…

    Also love the viola – she (definitely a she to me) seems to be standing in front of the group picture waving and saying “Look at me! Look at me!” At least, that’s how it looked when I scrolled back up for a second look. The first look I only noticed the lovely blue against the wonderful leaves of Sweet Tea.

  21. 41

    Diane Mumm said,

    Thank you for the article, I did also grow Hecherella Sweet Tea this spring and loved it, seems quite vigourous and what an outstanding color..

    • 42

      I love the colour as well, and was very happy with its performance. More Sweet Tea in in my future.
      Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, I hope to see you again soon.

  22. 43

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