Heucherella Solar Eclipse ground cover features wonderful striking and decorative scalloped, maple-like foliage of rich burgundy brown with a contrasting slim lime green border. These attractive plants are then topped in early Summer by dainty sprays of small white bell-shaped flowers that rise on slender creamy stems, adding long lasting colour to your borders and pots.
Semi-evergreen, with some of the palmate foliage dying back in Winter and with plumy spikes of flowers from Spring to Summer, Heucherella Solar Eclipse make a lovely colourful, low growing addition to the front of mixed beds and borders, they also make a great container plant, or indeed trailing in a good-sized hanging basket (remember to water regularly!). Highly effective as a weed supressing ground cover carpet if planted in groups, they will provide near year-round colour with the added interest of their plume stalks of delicate flowers loved by bees, from late Spring through to mid-Summer (trim these flower stalks down to their base when they have gone brown, and the plant will continue to produce flowers – though with less regularity towards the end of their flowering season). Try planting with Alchemilla Mollis to compliment the lime green edging of the Solar Eclipse leaves.
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Heucherella Solar Eclipse ground cover are evergreen to semi-evergreen except in very harsh winters when their leaves and foliage die back closer to ground level (fresh new foliage will appear the following Spring). They prefer dappled or semi-shaded locations but will withstand more direct sunlight than the paler/lighter varieties. Plant them in moist but well-drained soil until established, when they will tolerate drier soil. They will not thrive in soil that becomes waterlogged so do add grit and well-rotted organic matter to clay soils before planting. To maintain them simply cut back any tatty or brown foliage from the previous year in early Spring and divide any clumps that become congested in early Spring or late Autumn.
How to grow Heucherella Solar Eclipse
Position: Full Sun/partial shade
Foliage: Semi-evergreen, palmate shaped leaves may die back in Winter but reappear from Spring
Soil and site: Fertile, moisture retaining & well drained
Flowering time: Late Spring through to Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 25cm (rising to up to 50cm with flower stems), spread to 40cm
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Trim off any dead/straggly areas after flowering has finished. Divide clumps in early Spring or late Autumn if they become congested