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Few perennials have undergone as dramatic a "makeover" as heucheras (coral bells) and their hybrids with tiarellas (foamflowers), the heucherellas (foamy bells). Drawn mainly from diminutive forest-dwelling species with small white flowers and unremarkable foliage, they are now among the most popular plants in nurseries around the world. The authors not only provide a background on the wild species of Heuchera, they also tell how these plants were developed into the garden stars they are today.
Dan Heims is president of Terra Nova Nurseries, a wholesale nursery specializing in choice perennials. Heims received the Royal Horticultural Society's Reginald Cory Memorial Cup in 2002, which recognized his achievement in Heuchera breeding. Dan Heims lives in Portland, Oregon.
Grahame Ware is a freelance writer and broadcaster for Canadian radio, television and print media. He lives outside of Vernon, British Columbia.
"Whatever your soil type and sun exposure, with the help of this book, you'll be able to find the perfect heuchera or heucherella."
- Jean Starr Munster (IN) Times 20050505
"[Heims and Ware] recount the wild life of Heuchera, tracing how the 36 species, 37 subspecies, and two natural hybrids [...] were developed into the garden luminaries they are today, with a salute to the breeders who revolutionized the plants' characteristics. [...] They suggest ways to combine them with yellow, silver, and bronze companions, use them in floral arrangements, woodland or dry gardens, and in the winter garden."
- Ilene Sternberg, Wilmington News Journal 20050519
"This book provides detailed background on the history of this striking plant. This fascinating account also provides an extensive listing of hundreds of choice selections and hybrids available commercially, as well as practical chapters on garden care, propagation, and design uses."
- Perennial Plant Association Newsletter 20050620
"This book will increase the popularity of these plants that deserve to be grown and enjoyed. The photographs are superb, and every aspect of the plants' culture is covered."
- John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter 20050729
"This detailed and lavish book is an exceptional guide to these popular flowers."
- George Cohen, Booklist 20050315
"I thought I had every heuchera known to mankind, but this book has 116 pictures of assorted heucheras."
- Dulcy Mahar Oregonian 20050707
"A gem of a book and one that will be treasured by serious plantspeople."
- Patricia A. Taylor Trenton Times 20050925
"Written in a breezy style, this book informs and delights."
- Biology Digest 20060101
"Delivers in revving up the engines of an avid gardener and delivers substance, too."
- Chuck Robinson, Kansas City Gardener 20060801