You’d think it might be tough for the Heuchera (otherwise known as Coral Bells) to compete with flashier perennials. But here’s why they hold their own, thank you very much–their foliage comes in rich purple-burgundy, butterscotch, green with scalloped, textural edges and everything in between. We love how they’re compact growers and they play well with others in the landscape and container, adding reliable depth and understated elegance in borders, beds, rock gardens, woodland gardens and as ground cover.
Plum Pudding: Richly colored plum foliage, with powdery silver accents, deep purple veins and ruffled leaves. Late spring to early summer, bell-shaped, creamy white flowers rise up to 26 inches on strong, purple spikes. Add for impact and moody contrast. Plum Pudding is very drought, heat and humidity tolerant, and thrives in dry shade. Very little maintenance required and semi-evergreen foliage.
Caramel: Apricot foliage emerges with an interesting gray-red flip side, then fades to a golden amber by summer. Caramel performs well in heat and humidity and produces creamy white-pink flowers a little later in the season. Does best in part shade, but thrives in dry shade and is very easy to grow.
Paris: An exception to the foliage-steals-the-show rule, Paris is prized for it’s ability to re-bloom in spring to mid-summer (the longest of all Heuchera) with large, bell-shaped flowers blushing in a deep rose color. The slender stems and panicles reach up to 14 inches tall. Performs best in part shade and thrives in dry shade once established (very easy to grow and drought tolerant).
Frosted Violet: Silvery purple to plum-purple with dark veins and colors that intensify the further we move into cool fall weather. Tiny hairs that cover leaves reflect the sun’s light for a frosty glow. Late spring and midsummer bring clusters of dainty pale-pink flowers rising on slender 30 inch stems. Thrives in dry shade once established. We love ours planted in groups as ground cover, borders, along paths or even in containers.
Autumn Bride: Native to rocky wooded slopes, the bright chartreuse to lime-green foliage of Autumn Bride is sharply toothed with a velvety texture and tiny hairs along the leaves and stems. It is one of the last heucheras to flower (mid to late summer or early fall) with tiny whitish-pink flowers on wiry stems that rise above the foliage. Shade tolerant and best planted in groups or massed.
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