The Chantilly purple flower, an attractive foliage ornamental perennial
The Chantilly Lilies, bot. Heuchera, originates from North American cold forests. The 37 wild Heuchera varieties formed the basis for extensive cultivations, including Chantilly. Heuchera with different colours of foliage and flowers can be found in our latitudes in parks and home gardens.
Appearance of Heuchera Chantilly
A striking feature of almost all Heuchera varieties is the colourful, lobed foliage. Its colour spectrum ranges from various greens and dark reds to purple, silver and bronze. The herbaceous Chantilly grows up to 50 cm high and has light green, heart-shaped foliage. Its delicate, creamy white bell-shaped flowers appear from August to November on long, flowerless stems. Planted as a ground cover, a white, fragrant cloud of tiny flowers floats above the leaf rosettes at flowering time. It provides plenty of food for bees and other insects. The planting of such bee pastures in particular ensures a balanced ecosystem in the garden.
A good location for the purple bee
If you buy Heuchera, it is best to give it a semi-shady location with a well-drained, humusy and fresh garden soil that is not prone to excess moisture. The Chantilly variety tolerates a little more sun and dryness.
It is best to plant the perennial as deep as possible in the soil. It spreads over time through underground scaly rhizomes. Since the root system of the Heuchera is well protected from low temperatures in the soil, purple flowers are hardy. During growth, however, the root system pushes up to the surface and the roots protrude from the soil. Now the purple cabbage is not hardy. To avoid frost damage, cover the exposed roots with bark mulch in winter.
Caring for the Chantilly
The withered flower stems are cut out close to the ground, withered leaves are removed in spring. A severe pruning down to 10 cm height before budding ensures bushy growth.
Purple Chantilly Use
Purple bellflowers planted in groups make a beautiful border at the edge of the bed. The cream-coloured Heuchera Chantilly looks particularly good in front of evergreens. The attractive foliage perennials are an eye-catcher in flower borders, rock gardens or patio gardens. Heuchera is also suitable as a low-maintenance ground cover when planted densely, about 12 plants to a square metre.
Suitable companion perennials for Heuchera varieties are Funkias, Astilben, Bergenia, Women's mantle, ferns and shade-tolerant grass A coordinated variety of plants in the garden rounds off the general picture positively.