Dolce Silver Gumdrop Heucheras for Fall Planting - October 2022
Over the weekend, we popped into Lowe's to find that their entire garden center (aside Fall things like mums and kale) has been marked down 50%. Lowe's isn't super convenient for us, but one of the things that I've noticed over the past couple of seasons is that they do a nice job with their garden center and usually carry things that are not normally sold in the Orange Big Box store nursery. Last year, I planted a couple of purple Heucheras that I bought at Lowes that were 50% off and they've done well in the garden. Those Purple Palace Coral Bells/Heucheras have all managed to survive this growing season and have put on growth. This post shows all three of them and talks about the decline of another variety - Dolce Apple Twist. My experience with those two - the common Purple Palace doing well and the more exotic Apple Twist not so much - was front and center when I came across a couple of plants at Lowes 50% off sale.
As I was walking down the nursery tables, it was hard NOT to be drawn to this silver foliage that was standing out:
Lovely, right? Silver and maroon foliage and those little, delicate pink flowers? What's not to like. I pulled the containers out and see that it is a Proven Winners plant. Called Dolce Silver Gumdrop. Here's the plant tag below:
I pulled out my phone and came across this listing from Walters Garden that talks about this plant being a smaller-scale Heuchera with stand-out foliage. From their listing:
If you’re looking for a silver Heuchera to brighten up your shade area, you’ve found it. Unlike other silver Heucheras on the market, ‘Silver Gumdrop’ has vibrant pink flowers instead of the typical white or cream. Match it with its silver, iridescent leaves with a semi-glossy finish and you have a winning combination. ‘Silver Gumdrop’ is a smaller scale Heuchera, the perfect size for a container. Growers and gardeners alike will be pleased that it is a vigorous grower for its size. Its silver leaves take on a rosy blush overtone later in the season for additional interest.
I've had limited luck with the Proven Winners Dolce series - 1/3 Apple Twist and 0/5 Cherry Truffles (although those *may* have been planted in the wrong spot - to be fair), the 50% off price was too strong of a lure. Not to mention that Heucheras are four-season plants - checking the box on my 2022 to-do list item.
My plan is to tuck these into the shade bed on the northside right near the colony of Guacamole Hostas about mid-way back. I bought two of these. Why two? Because that's all they had on hand. Once I dig these in, I'll post some photos of their location to track in the garden diary.
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