Heuchera Plant Features
Carpet your shade garden with the jewel-toned foliage of heuchera. This amazing perennial comes in a wide variety of colors including chartreuse, red, bronze, orange, purple, green, silver, and bi-color (so there's a perfect heuchera for every garden!). Plus, in late spring and early summer, heuchera sends up delightful spikes of small red, white, or pink bell-like flowers that give the plant it's common name of coral bells. The flowers are hummingbird favorites, too! Heuchera forms a compact, 12 to 20 inch tall mound of color that works well along a border's edge or pathway. Or, use heuchera in a container by itself or mixed with other foliage plants such as hosta and ajuga. Heuchera is also deer resistant. Hardy from zones 4-9.
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Heuchera Growing Instructions
Heuchera prefers a shady or partially shaded location with rich, well drained soil. Feed the plants with a slow-release granular fertilizer in the early spring. Heuchera is relatively drought resistant, but does best when mulched to maintain consistent soil moisture.
Heuchera is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Outside: Part sun
Orange, Purple, Red, Silver, Variegated
Medium water needs
Complement your Heuchera with these varieties:
Hosta and Heuchera are an unbeatable match in shady spots.
Partner Tiarella with Heuchera in the same bed and enjoy the duo's colorful leaves and pretty flowers.
Closely related to Heuchera, Heucherella makes an ideal partner.
Varieties: Our Favorites
More tolerant to heat and humidity than other heuchera, ‘Caramel’ offers creamy-apricot leaves topped by pink flower spikes in the early summer. In the North, ‘Caramel’ grows well in full sun, but where summers are hot, plant it in partial shade. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Carnival Black Olive'
A favorite of our research and development team at our South Carolina perennial farm, Carnival Black Olive offered excellent performance in our perennial trial garden. It shows off dark purple foliage and grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-8
Heuchera 'Carnival Plum Crazy'
Carnival Plum Crazy heuchera is easy to fall in love with: It's easy to grow, shows rich deep purple foliage with a silver sheen, and resists deer and rabbits. Plus, it's more heat tolerant than many older varieties. Carnival Plum Crazy grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Carnival Watermelon'
Carnival Watermelon is a showstopper when it leafs out in spring, showing bright coppery-orange leaves. As the leaves mature, they gracefully transform to shades of peach and green. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-9
Refreshing, chartreuse foliage and arching sprays of creamy-white flowers make ‘Citronelle’ heuchera an ideal selection for sun or partial shade. Like other heuchera it prefers rich, slightly moist soil. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Electric Lime'
Heat-resistant Electric Lime shows off chartreuse foliage from spring to autumn. It grows 16 inches tall and wide. It's evergreen in mild-winter areas. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Grape Expectations'
With a name like Grape Expectations, you can guess this heuchera has purple leaves. A top performer in our South Carolina Trial Garden, we loved its performance from spring to fall (including how well it held up to our summer heat and humidity). Grape Expectations heuchera grows 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 4-8
Heuchera 'Midnight Rose'
An eye-catching heuchera for shade or part shade, 'Midnight Rose' features handsome purple leaves playfully splashed in hot pink. Zones 4-8
Heuchera 'Mint Frost'
Sparkly silver leaves punctuated with dark green veins give ‘Mint Frost’ heuchera its name. This lovely variety also produces sprays of white flowers on red stalks in late spring. In the fall, the foliage turns a lovely shade of pink. Zones 3-8
Heuchera 'Mint Julep'
Mint Julep shows off green foliage flushed with silver and spikes of little white flowers in late spring. In early spring, the new foliage emerges a bright lime-green color. Mint Julep grows 15 inches tall and wide and thrives in shade. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Palace Purple'
An award winning variety from the early 1990s, ‘Purple Palace’ heuchera is still exciting gardeners today. It has purple leaves and stalks of creamy white blooms in the late spring. ‘Purple Palace’ will retain its foliage and color over the winter. Zones 4-9
Unlike many heuchera that just bloom in the spring, ‘Paris’ develops pretty sprays of deep pink flowers throughout the summer. Its mint-green foliage is brushed with silver. Because it is a repeat bloomer, ‘Paris’ is a great addition to a mixed container. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Peach Crisp'
A colorful heuchera for sun, Peach Crisp shows off ruffled leaves in lively shades of coral, orange, and peachy pink. It has spikes of creamy-pink flowers in spring. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Petite Pearl Fairy'
A dwarf heuchera, ‘Petite Pearl Fairy’ makes an ideal groundcover. Its small plum-colored leaves and dainty pink flowers are a winning combination. The plant forms dense clumps and work well along a garden path, rock garden, or in containers. Zones 3-8
Heuchera 'Pewter Veil'
Prized for its pale silver leaves with undertones of pink and purple, ‘Pewter Veil’ heuchera is a great addition to any garden. The new growth is coppery pink and the dainty flowers are white with purple highlights. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Prince of Silver'
Silver leaves with dark veins and stalks of creamy-pink spring blooms will make ‘Prince of Silver’ heuchera stand out in your garden. It’s a fast-growing variety that works just as well in containers as it does in the border. Zones 4-8
Heuchera 'Rave On'
Silver-veined foliage and spikes of coral-pink flowers combine to make ‘Rave On’ a choice selection for your shade border. It’s a vigorous variety that has few insect or disease problems and grows 1 to 2 feet tall. Combine it with other heuchera or hosta in the shady corners of your landscape. Zones 4-8
Heuchera 'Rave On'
Rave On heuchera offers both attractive leaves (silvery-purple in color) and spikes of pretty pink blooms. It grows 20 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 4-9
Talk about bold color! ‘Shanghai’ heuchera develops bright purple foliage with shimmering silver overtones. Plus, in the spring, the whole plant is accented by spikes of small pink flowers. Zones 4-9
Heuchera 'Southern Comfort'
A big, bold variety, 'Southern Comfort' shows off extra large leaves in soft shades of amber, peach, and orange. It grows 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8