Mocha Mint (left) and Montrose Ruby (right)
Chocolate Ruffles (Left) and Palace Purple (Right)
Palace Purple is the classic heuchera. It is the one most folks are familiar with and has been around a long time. It was my very first cultivar of heucheras and while I like it, I think there are much better varieties out there. Palace Purple is an easy cultivar to divide each fall. Simply lift the whole plant and separate the small offsets. Throw away the woody part of the mother plant. Mine have multiplied quite well as you can see from the picture above (Palace Purple is not ruffled like the Chocolate Ruffles and is on the right of the picture). Palace Purple will almost always peter out in the summer. It really looks ratty and stays looking ratty until it is divided in the fall, but it is a good cultivar for beginners since it is readily available.
My next recommendation is going to be for winter color, interest, and hardiness. It is 'Chocolate Ruffles'. This heuchera says come look at me! No ifs, ands, or buts, it is a showoff this time of year. The coloring is similar to 'Palace Purple', but just look at the ruffles! The ruffling on the leaves is particularly pronounced. It is one of the first heucheras to begin growing anew in late winter.
Snow Angel Foliage
'Snow Angel' is another easy to grow heuchera that looks lovely all year. It is a bit different from the brightly colored heucheras in that it is a green foliaged heuchera, with a bit of dusting on the leaves. It's bloom is also outstanding. If you did not see the blooms and weren't sure what this plant is in a garden, you might not think it is a heuchera. I like 'Snow Angel' very much.
Key Lime Pie
'Key Lime Pie' is a good all around chartreuse cultivar of heucheras. It sure helps that it is a Proven Winner cultivar too. I love the Proven Winner plants and do try to buy them whenever I can. Another chartreuse cultivar is 'Citronelle'. Both 'Citronelle' and 'Caramel' are Heuchera x villosa hybrids and are very hardy in the garden. They are also very vigorous-a bonus! 'Citronelle' is a bit more yellow and larger than the 'Key Lime Pie'.
I also grow other cultivars but I will not bore you with their pictures right now, maybe at a later date. The cultivars I grow (list format) are: Montrose Ruby, Amethyst Mist, Canyon Duet, Cascade Dawn, Key Lime Pie, Firefly, Fireworks, Mocha Mint, Palace Purple, Regina, Snow Angel, Cathedral Bells, Vanilla Spice, and an unnamed (I assume the species type) heuchera. I leave you with the regular old unnamed heuchera pictured above. It is the first to show buds and will be in bloom soon. Nothing fancy about the foliage but it sure has a sweet red bloom.
What is my favorite heuchera? I don't have any particular one in mind, I like them all and all have special qualities about them. The entire genus of heucharas is easy to grow, long lived, and great evergreen plants in any shade or part shade garden. You can't have too many really-that's why I have a bit of a collection.
If you have experience with heucheras, which one is your favorite and do you have any special tricks to highlight heucheras....
in the garden....
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