Author Archives: Dan Heims

About Dan Heims

Dan Heims ( is president of Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Ore. Learn more about Terra Nova at

How To Grow Heucherella

Heucherella, the cross between heuchera and tiarella, is catching on both in the landscape as a groundcover and in containers as a colorful trailing plant. Grow them successfully with these tips.

How To Grow Coreopsis

Coreopsis is a native North American plant with a wide range, growing naturally from Alaska to the southern tip of Florida. By selecting the right species, growers can find anything from USDA-Zone-3-hardy varieties to those that tolerate weeks of 100°F-plus temperatures. Coreopsis is useful in bedding schemes and can provide a nice foil for bold-leaved

Agastache In The Landscape

Agastache is a much-enjoyed North American genus of ornamental merit. This genus comprises a group of deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants that are showing extreme heat resistance. A number of species (of 16 total) are from Mexico and the Southwest desert, tolerating and blooming at temperatures of 100°F. Agastache Attracts Wildlife And Humans Alike In England, agastache

Agastache: Production Advice

Media. Agastache prefer a well-drained media such as a 50/50 peat-perlite or pumice mix. Drainage holes in the pots should err on the larger side. Taller pots, like standard gallon pots, give the plant a better capillary column for drainage, and the soil weight should keep the plants from blowing over in the wind. Planting.

Growing Hellebores In The Greenhouse

Hellebores might be the perfect perennial. What other plant has lustrous, handsome foliage and sumptuous flowers in an array of shapes and colors? What other plant tolerates dry as well as wet soils, has few pests and is deer-resistant? These plants are the first to greet the garden center customer in early spring. The cheerful

Coreopsis Culture Tips

There has been a beautiful explosion in new coreopsis varieties lately. Flash back 10 years and the color offerings would have been yellow, yellow or yellow. Now, designers are delighted to have their artistic palettes loaded with garnets, oranges, corals, pinks and stunning bicolors. These new annual varieties are complex hybrids that have been placed

10 Perennials Driving Success Through Better Breeding

My mission at Terra Nova Nurseries is to cure the failures in plants with good breeding. The right cures make consumers successful and put smiles on the faces of growers and retailers. Here’s a look at 10 perennial genera that can help you bring the consumer success and a smile to your face. 1 Agastache.

Terra Nova’s Heims & Sander: Tissue Culture Tips

Our world has changed thanks to tissue culture. From exotic orchids at Trader Joe’s to the Autumn Glory maples along our city streets, consumers and landscapers have both found the superior quality, health and vigor of these plants to be amazing. Even before a plant enters the lab, it undergoes rigid viral testing by companies