Still in Love with Heuchera and Family

I'm not an organized gardener. When I receive a plant, whether I buy it or it is given to me by a breeding company to try, I might not put it in the absolute best place. But often I'm surprised at how well it fares regardless of its location. Some of the most forgiving are the Heucheras and Heucherellas.

I've long since lost the tags, so I'm unsure except for the Mukdenia (top right) and Heuchera 'Sashay' (bottom right)
Heucherellas are an intergeneric hybrid; a cross between Heuchera and Tiarella. They're all very hard to pass up in a garden center, especially if they're perky, full and colorful.
They're similar to Hydrangeas in the sense that they've been given the "shade-lover" moniker. While this is partly true, putting them in a spot where they get some direct sun brings out the best colors.

Heucherella 'Buttered Rum' in July
Heucherella 'Buttered Rum' from Terra Nova (planted in 2013) has some seriously interesting leaves. I love not only its colors but its leaf shape as well. I've been planting my Heucheras and Heucherellas in two spots mostly. The established plants that I've had for five years and more and are doing quite well are on the north side of the house in an area that receives direct sun for about two hours a day, with bright light the rest of the time.

The second, newer area consists of a combination of Epimedium and ferns, with the Heuchs in the spot that gets the most direct sun late in the day.

Heuchera 'Lava Lamp' at left; Heucherella 'Buttered Rum' at right.
Epimedium 'Domino' puts on a flower show that is complemented by Heuchera 'Lava Lamp' in the background.
Some Heucheras and Heucherellas, while still colorful, tend to fade somewhat when they don't get as much sunlight as they'd like, especially if they're planted beneath deciduous trees that leaf out and eventually shade the ground. Some of my Heuchs are planted at the feet of a really full Magnolia, and by late July aren't as vibrant as they would be if they received more sun.
I like to station Coleus in the shade beds and here an unnamed Coleus shines a light on Heuchera 'Delta Dawn'.

1 comment:

  1. These plants all like more rain than they get in my garden. I love them. I have several that have adapted to my garden's conditions. I often use them in planters for a season and then stick them into the garden beds at the end of the growing season. Luckily some have taken. This is always a happy ending.