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|2||Ito Jakuchu, 1716|
|3||Melissa Miller, 1951|
|4||Kano Tanyu, 1602|
|5||Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1696|
|7||Piet Mondrian, 1872|
|7||Milton Avery, 1893|
|9||David Smith, 1906|
|12||Elaine De Kooning, 1918|
|13||Georges de La Tour, 1593|
|13||William Glackens, 1870|
|13||John Rhoden, 1918|
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|14||Diane Arbus, 1923|
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|19||Josef Albers, 1888|
|20||George Caleb Bingham, 1811|
|21||Hans Hofmann, 1880|
|22||Anthonie van Dyck, 1599|
|22||Randolph Caldecott, 1846|
|23||Juan Gris, 1887|
|24||William Morris, 1834|
|27||Edward Steichen, 1879|
|27||Mies van der Rohe, 1886|
|28||Grace Hartigan, 1922|
|30||Francisco José de Goya, 1746|
|30||Vincent van Gogh, 1853|
|31||William Morris Hunt, 1824|
Many major artists who loved color have their birthdays in March, look up any who intrique you. Remember that paint colors in tubes did not appear on the market until the 1860s. It is interesting to see how colors in paintings changed because of the new innovation of colors available.
Signs of spring, daffodils, flowering quince, and Robins, have appeared in our area. The dreary colors of winter are giving way to vivid colors. Keep your eyes open for the yellows, pinks, and chartreuses in your neighborhoods.
This collage at the top of the page shows the many brilliant colors of foliage available in heucheras, the new hosta.
ngb.org: This website has 60 color photos of various heucheras and offers a “paint-by-number” section in which it lists heucheras by their various colors so you can plan your garden.
Looking for a new plant for your shade garden? Heucheras add a jolt of color.
Check out the new varieties of heucheras, whose foliage has been bred to produce a wide burst of colors, from amber, gold and orange to lime-yellow, red, purple, brown and even black.
The little stalks of flowers that give the plant its common name of coral bells are still there, but it’s the leaves that are prized.
Although traditional coral bells had only green leaves with tiny pink flowers that bloomed once per season, the new types not only have more colorful leaves, but the leaves of some varieties also change color from spring to fall and the plants bloom on and off all summer.
It is for those qualities and more that the National Garden Bureau, the marketing arm of the gardening industry based in Downers Grove, Ill., has declared 2012 “the year of the heuchera,” a plant native to the United States that is still underused.
Not only are heucheras attractive, but they also have become stronger, fuller and more disease-resistant, have few pests and are adaptable to containers.
- Uses — In a shade garden, heucheras provide colors that are not possible with hostas. In front of a border planting, they mound nicely to 8-12 inches. Under trees where grass doesn’t grow, they are an alternative to doing the hosta-doughnut thing. They are good for containers, too, since they don’t “bully” the other plants.
- Care — “Heucheras are an easy plant as long as you don’t overwater, if you do, they rot.That is one of the reasons they need to be planted in well-drained soil, not clay, which holds moisture.
In containers, allow heucheras to dry out between waterings. In winter, heucheras tend to heave out of the ground. This is easy to remedyby lightly stepping on them.
The leaves do not need to be cut back since new leaves will push out over the old. Then the old leaves will provide a cover for the roots, keeping them moist. (But not too moist!)
Read more: http://www.qctimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/heucheras-bring-burst-of-color-to-shady-areas/article_d909a638-5f1a-11e1-847e-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1nXIUUTnY