Heidi Brosseau submits the following article on the perennial Heuchera. It is also the perennial of the week, through next Thursday, September 23, 2010, and is on sale at 10% off!
Heavenly Heuchera. Heuchera commonly known as ‘Coralbells’ are one of the more versatile perennials available. All thrive in part shade while some varieties can even handle full sun or full shade. Some varieties like ‘Hollywood’ have showy flowers but mostly heucheras are known for their amazing foliage – – – purple, chocolate, rose, chartreuse, peach, berry, black and variegated are just a few words used to describe the color of their leaves. Some varieties add ruffled edges or exaggerated veins to their leaves and produce wonderful textures.
While these plants are terrific planted in the ground, I want to mind everyone how great they are in planters and containers. Mums, grasses and evergreens come alive with heucheras added to the mix.
Heucheras are semi-evergreens which mean much of their foliage will remain colorful and attractive into the winter. Frosted heuchera leaves produce a magical effect when the weather begins to dip below freezing in the fall. If you haven’t tried heucheras in your landscape yet, you really should and check out some of the new and exciting varieties that are still available this season.