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Heuchera

Heuchera are all American

Literally, different species hail from the islands off the California coast to the highest mountains in the Rockies to the Gulf of Mexico, with this diverse range of habit. These plants are able to find a niche in everyone’s garden. Breeders have taken a well-aimed swipe of a paintbrush between these species, and have assembled a plethora of plants with amazing flower and foliage forms that didn’t exist ten years ago. Not only are these plants aesthetically pleasing, but they have become stronger, fuller, prettier and more disease resistant. With few pests, great adaptability to containers and a seemingly unending number of forms, heuchera should be in everyone’s garden!

We carry a wide range of outstanding colors and characteristics in our 1gallon Perennial program.

Flowers: Small bell-shaped flowers are borne on tall stalks. The stems have an airy appearance and make nice cut flowers.

Exposure: Best in Partial to Full Shade. The color can wash out in full sun and too much heat and light can cause the leaves to scorch.

Mature Size: 12 - 18" (h) x 12 - 18" (w)

Bloom Period: Late spring / Early summer. Heuchera are grown for their foliage, but the flowers are very popular with hummingbirds, so let them stay.

It's hard to think of a place Heuchera won't fit in. They're at home in woodlands, rock gardens, containers, borders and as ground covers. The leaves are evergreen, even when covered in snow.

Heuchera make wonderful edging plants and really put on a show when planted in groups. The foliage color is great for playing up the colors of nearby flowers. Darker purple leaves can make yellow flowers, like coreopsis, glow. Butterscotch colored leaves bring out the tones of simple green leaves.

Pair Heuchera with lacy-leaved plants, like fringed-leaf bleeding heart or thread-leaf coreopsis, to high-light their form.

Growing Tips

Soil: Heuchera like a neutral to slightly acid soil pH, somewhere between 6.0 and 7.0. Good drainage is a must, especially in shaded areas.

Planting Heuchera:  Plant container grown Heuchera any time after frost. Keep them well watered their first year. Other than that, they shouldn't require more than some relief from extreme heat and a rich, well-draining soil.

 

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