Monday, August 16, 2010


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 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:

canes 003The Heuchera on left is Green Spice,on the right is Midnight Rose.  You can see its small flower, the flowers look light and lacy, I think.

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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.  

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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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Carol Bennett said...

I'm not familiar with Coral Bells, this was very interesting to me. Thanks for sharing this info.
Carol in GA

Racquel said...

One of my favorite shade plants. My current favorite in my garden is Plum Pudding. :)

Sherry said...

I have several Heuchera but not as many varieties as you shared. They seem to grow well in our part of the country. Thanks for sharing how to pronounce heuchera, I always seem to get it wrong, I think I've got it now.

Ormolulu said...

At this point in my life, gardening is not high on my list of priorities. But I really love seeing what green-thumbed people like you can do . . . gorgeous! Thanks, Jan, for your positive comments on my blog about weight loss. I didn't know what you had been through--what a survivor you are . . . and I'm so glad for that. Take care,


Suzanne said...

I have several varieties of heuchera in my gardens too! They are gorgeous, aren't they? Thanks for your comment on my blog about your rose and the round up -- it made me laugh out loud!

Olga Poltava said...

I have a burgundy colored one in my garden, but I didn't know its name. Your collection is very pretty. The second photo is just fantastic.
Have a wonderful day!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

I love the middle photo and how the colors are combined--it looks like a wash of colors in a painting! Very pretty.

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

Coral bells are one of my favorite flowers. I'm up to five varieties now with my eye on another growing in a neighbor's yard.

I always thought they were neat, but got interested in them when I saw them growing wild in Yosemite along the mist trail--I'm hooked now!

Jean said...

Coralbell is also a favorite plant of mine. I have most of mine in the shade garden and most do well. You have planted them in some very nice combinations. I have a couple with orange to gold that I really like. Great post and great pick of the week! Jean

Susan said...

Looks really beautiful - like a painting indeed! Thanks for sharing!

Jocelyn said...

Wow they are all so beautiful. Very colorful.


Martha Z said...

I don't have any Heuchera in my current garden, perhaps I should find a suitable spot for some.

Anonymous said...

I have seen these plants before but never knew what they were called-thanks for info!

Best wishes and Happy Outdoor Wednesday,

Light and Voices said...

Lovely, just a lovely Outdoor Wednesday post.
Joyce M

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love the second photo. I am not familiar with Coral Bells. Thank you for the information. I may be able to plant some around my cypress tree but the rest of my yard would probably get too much sun for them.

~ Tracy

Diana LaMarre said...

I discovered heuchra a few years back. I really like the dark leaf varietes like your Midnight Rose. It really looks great with those sedums.

salitype said...

beautiful effect when plants of different colors are put together.

Beth said...

Heucheras - such useful plants and lovely too!

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

Oh I just love heucheras, too. I so enjoy all the different varieties they have out now.

Thanks for sharing this at the Tuesday Garden Party!

Linda said...

I love coral bells but I have to have all of mine in the shade here. Your photos are lovely. I never knew the real name for these plants...thanks for sharing in the info:)

HoosierHomemade said...

I love coral bells too, my Mom used to grow lots of them. We have a new planting, and I don't think my husband put any in. I think we need to add some.
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