Heuchera offer foliage interest in your garden. The colour range is continually extended by specialist growers but the plant is best known for maroon, brown and coppery coloured leaves with some interesting veining. Bi-colour, yellow and interesting foliage tints are now on show in our local nursery so have a look around.
Flowers tend to be held on spiky fronds and can be used for cutting. As the main reason for the plants is the leaf colouring I have not grown them for flowers but the varieties of Heuchera miracanths produce some prolific plants.
Heuchera Foliage Tips
- Heuchera are generally low growing foliage plants up to one foot tall.
- Heuchera need well drained but fertile soil
- Mulch the plants in spring
- Propagate by division and divide large clumps to stop them becoming woody.
- Specimen plants can be grow in pots but keep them well watered
- Colour of the leaves can be enhance by planting in full sun but the purple bronzes prefer to grow in the shade
- Plant several interesting varieties together for an impact.
Plants and monograph books are available from Amazon Heuchera are outstanding plants that are becoming fully appreciated especially with new cultivars and hybrids with wavy and coloured leaves.
You can acquire or just admire plants as part of a collection
Heuchera by bill barber CC BY-NC 2.0
Heuchera ‘Dolce Creme Brulee’ by Satrina0 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Heuchera by Howard Dickins CC BY 2.0 ‘These things have such great foliage. This might be “Palace Purple” (or it might not.)’
Heuchera Facts Uses and Interesting Varieties