Heuchera's in Your Garden
Heuchera villosa ‘Bronze Wave’ and Stachys ‘Helen Von Stein’
Bronze Wave – Foliage is dark with copper, purple and brown tones, blending into a metallic bronze color. The large wavy-margined hairy leaves are 6 to 8” across and make a clump about 24” across and 18” high. 24” wands of pinkish-white flowers are produced from mid to late summer.
Grow them in some sun, with a little late day shade and the seem pretty happy. Although not the best planting I have seen cultivars like “Palace Purple” grown in full sun. Currently I am growing “Midnight Rose’ in a container ( photo below) with as little as 2 1/2 hours of sun, planted along side hostas and ferns.
Over-watering will rot the roots. They are happiest, in a decent soil, mulched, with occasional watering, more frequent in the hot summer. In containers, you will have success with potting soil that is a little coarse and well drained.
Heuchra ‘Midnight Rose’ and sedum in hypertufa bowl
The reason that these two unlikely partners do well in this containers is the growing medium .
Peat moss, small bark fines, perlite.
Al’s 5-1-1 Mix is a bark-based mix that also provides great drainage and aeration. This mix is created by Al from Gardenweb.com website. The mix composes of 5 part fine bark, 1 part sphagnum peat, and 1 part perlite. This mix is recommended for annuals or anything that only last a few seasons.
The ingredients are:
5 part partially-composed pine bark fines
1 part sphagnum peat
1 part horticulture grade perlite (coarse size)
1 tbsp per gallon of garden dolomic lime
Heucheras look great with many other perennials and annuals in containers. Here are just a few examples.
- Heuchera with sedum Angelina and festuca Elijah Blue
- Heuchera with festuca Elijah Blue and lysimachia Aurea (golden creeping Jenny).
- Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Heart’ aka ‘Sweet Caroline Purple’ (Sweat potato vine) with Heuchera ‘Caramel
- Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’ , Xanthosoma ‘Lime Zinger’ , Heuchera ‘Mahogany’, Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’
Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’ and Liriope muscari ‘Peedee Ingot’
Great Combinations – Heuchera villosa Beaujolais with Hakonechloa grass at Longwood Gardens
Heuchera Beaujolais -, is a super vigorous variety with large 5″ burgundy leaves.growing 8-10″ x 12-16″ , very tall 24″ cream colored flower stems appear mid season.zone 4a – 9 and is listed a deer resistant plant. This Coral Bell is different from other plum colored varieties by its unique color, tolerance to heat & humidity and its vigor.
Another favorite combination for your shade garden is Heuchera “Plum Pudding” and Japanese Painted fern Athyrium niponicum picutum. These two will bring attention to front of any shady foundation planting.
Heuchera americana Marvelous Mable
Spring foliage begins purple and eventually matures through the season to green with, dark veins and silvery mottling. White flowers form early in the season. Because of their low, mounding habit, they can be planted along paths or in containers.
Height: 8-13″. Spread: 17-19″. Leaf color: purple in spring turning to deep green through the season. Zones: 4-9. Flowers: Creamy White on 16″ scapes.
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Heuchera americana Green Spice
‘Green Spice’ is a clump-forming Coral Bell cultivar that has silvery, gray-edged leaves with purple veins (in cool weather) and not particularly showy white flowers. The rounded, lobed, long-petioled leaves (to 9” tall) which may spread to 16” wide. Tiny, whitish flowers appear in late spring to early summer on slender, stems rising well above the foliage mound, typically to 24-28” tall. Leaves turn orangish in autumn.