Are you growing any heuchera ("Coral Bells") in your garden? Once upon a time this plant was available in two different leaf colors: green, and purple (with the 'Palace Purple' cultivar). These days, you can get pretty much any leaf color you want (except blue), and there must be hundreds of different cultivars to choose from.
I've had four different kinds growing in my garden for several years now, and I may be adding a few more soon. It seems the buyer at one of my local nurseries loves heuchera, as I learned the other day. Let's see what local gardeners get to choose from this year...
Starting with Heuchera 'Paprika' above. I'm not going to bother with describing each of these cultivars, especially because some of them are quite similar to others. Suffice it to say that there are lots of choices!
|Heuchera 'Georgia Plum'|
|Heuchera 'Delta Dawn'|
|Heuchera 'Rave On'|
|Heuchera 'Midnight Rose'|
|Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'|
|Heuchera 'Autumn Bride'|
|Heuchera 'Big Top Gold'|
|Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls'|
|Heuchera 'Stainless Steel'|
They had larger plants outside:
|Heuchera 'Georgia Peach'|
|Heuchera 'Southern Comfort'|
|Heuchera 'Peach Flambe'|
|Heuchera 'Root Beer'|
If that isn't enough variety for you, Heucheras are also crossed with Tiarellas, resulting in Heucherellas:
|Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'|
There seem to be as many heucherella cultivars as there are heuchera, but this nursery only carried two -- at least right now. (I love the shape of the heucherella leaves!)
Only two things are keeping me from rushing back over there and buying several of these beauties:
- Price. These are not cheap. $14.99 for most of them, although some are $12.99. I smell big markup.
- Unknown palatability to deer. I would hate to plant one of these beauties in the ground, only to come out the next morning and see a stump where the lovely foliage should be. Only one of my current heucheras is planted where deer could easily get to it, and that one has been there for less than a year. So I don't really know if they'll munch these or avoid them.
I can justify the higher price (gardeners are terrific rationalizers when we want a plant) because heuchera are quite easy to propagate -- so I can turn one $14.99 plant into several. Plus I can plant the new plants alongside the existing ones where the deer won't find them...
I think I'll be making a trip back to that nursery soon.
Are you growing any heuchera in your garden?