Posted: 26/04/2017 at 12:16
I have a 6 year-old 'Forest Flame' which shows it's three stages just now. I haven't let it grow taller. The darker red tips, then turn to a sickly salmon, then by summer it goes to the very pale green and then fresh green. Only a few lily of the valley flowers on it this year.
I keep it in shape only by pruning new soft shoots as they grow on in early summer and sometimes through the summer I will prune a few more off. I have in the past cut the woody longer stems coming from below and have had different results. On another Forest Flame, new shoots never appeared the same year, but did the second. But it did change the shape with a bit of a gap. I've seen people quite brutally chop them and it's done no harm but am not that confident myself.
By the summer, when it has turned pale green, it goes well with the blooming of a yellow Rosa Grace, the Lime Marmalade Heuchera you see here and other shades of yellow and green in the rest of the bed. At this time in Spring, you can't see in the picture, but there are pink/red Dicentra and reddish plants around it which will go down in summer and all becomes yellow and green and white around it.
Last edited: 26 April 2017 12:22:49