When its vibrant grape purple new foliage emerges with black veins in spring, you’ll easily be able to pick ‘Grape Expectations’ out from the crowd. The broad, thick and durable, somewhat fuzzy leaves form a dense, upright mound as opposed to the wide spreading form of ‘Blackberry Ice’. As the temperatures rise, the leaves develop a bright silver coating and then turn back to very deep purple in late fall. Creamy white flowers are produced on dark purple stems in midsummer. The compact habit of 'Grape Expectations' makes it perfect for use in combination containers. Try pairing it with Carex s. ‘Banana Boat’ or Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’ for electric contrast. This plant is a Heuchera villosa hybrid. The villosa species is a robust, late blooming type that exhibits an increased tolerance of high heat and humidity over other species. Most villosas produce cream flowers in midsummer, though they are grown more for their fantastic foliage. H. villosa is native to the southeastern United States. Coral bells are easy to grow and blend easily with most other perennials in the landscape. Because of their low, mounding habit, they are often used as edging along paths or in containers. Try cutting a few of the tall flower scapes for fresh bouquets.
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