Ever since the first of Dan Heims’ bright and beautiful heucheras started to reach these shores I have been a total sucker for heucheras. Whether you want colourful leaves in the border or in pots and baskets, there is a heuchera that will fit the bill.
But Dan Heims is not the only heuchera breeder. Thierry Delabroye in France has produced some very good plants but ‘Binoche’ was raised by the Belgian Dirk Scheys and introduced in 2010. I have to admit that, at first, I was not entirely enthusiastic about it. After all it is nicely ruffled and has nice dark leaves but it is not as dark as some and not as bright as others. The white flowers are carried on beetroot stems to give a slightly pink effect and, of course, the bees love the blooms.
But what makes this a quite remarkable plant is that it has sat in a narrow bed at the front of the greenhouse with little attention and without being divided, for the past 3 1/2 years and looks as fresh as a daisy. This is worth noting because apart from the heucheras that are so colourful and beautiful that they just can’t be bothered to grow, others form woody trunks and look old before their time.
Of course, it was named after the beautiful Juliette Binoche, star of, among other things, the delightful ‘Chocolat’.