Heuchera, better know as old fashioned Coral Bells, have become one of my favorite plants. The Heuch is pronounced "WhoK", then add "er-uh", sorta like that!
Dan Heims, a well know breeder of Heuchera and who's nursery is just down the road from us, has been working diligently on developing a broad range of leaf colors that is quite spectacular. They have developed leaves in burgundy, orange-coral, silver, green and lime green and variations of the above. These plants do have a small flower on a long upright stem, which isn't very showy,mainly, Heuchera are grown for their leaf color and texture. And did I mention, hardy and easy to care for.....so many desirable features in one beautiful plant.
They say "if you have three of something, you have a collection"......I think I have a collection of Heuchera. Here's a sampling:
These three deep burgundy plants are all named "Prince", the white and red flowers, around them, are all sedums and, in the background, is blue oat grass.
The purple leaf here is Midnight Rose, they are hard to see, but the leaves have a silvery dot pattern with a hint of rose. The green leaf with the burgundy underside, on bottom right of photo, is Sashay.
I have a few more, but you get the idea, the darker leafed plants do better in full sun, than the light green, for instance. Most of mine are in places that get a lot of sun. This week, with the temps in the 90s, it may burn a few leaves, I'll just trim them back the end of the month and they'll be good as new by October.
This would be my plant pick of the week.....and you could find yourself starting another collection.
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