Heuchera has improved in color and form over the past several decades through the scientific techniques of hybridization. Some of the newer varieties currently being introduced are stunning and more are on the way. We currently offer four varieties of Heuchera, also known as Coral Bells, but we are hoping to add several more varieties soon of this perennial plant which works great for beds and borders.
Commonly called Coral Bells, Heuchera are easily grown in a well drained, moist and organic soil that is slightly alkaline, in part to mostly shady areas (full sun in the northern parts of their growing areas, zones 3 - 9 depending on the variety). Additional direct sunlight intensifies the color of both the foliage and flowers. Heuchera do not like soggy, acidic and hard clay soils, so good drainage is essential for good growth. Divide the clumps every 3 years or so when the centers become woody, replanting the divisions with the tops at or slightly below the soil level, being carefully not to over water until they become established. It is recommend that a Winter mulch be used for Heuchera (Coral Bells) for the coldest parts of their growing zones.
Heuchera make excellent container plants and as woodland plants they add dramatic color and form to any partially shaded garden.
Heuchera (Heuchera Americana) - Every bit as attractive, but a new look for Heuchera, this variety grown from Heuchera seeds can grow in hot and humid summers. Heuchera Purpurea, also known as Coral Bells Purpurea, do well in the southern states where the heat and humidity are intense.
Heuchera (Heuchera Sanguinea Firefly) - Heuchera Firefly, also known as Coral Bells Firefly, has nodding red bell-shaped flowers. Grow this popular perennial from Heuchera seeds, and enjoy its nearly evergreen foliage as well as its blooms. It is a western wildflower that has been bred and improved to give us one of our most popular garden perennials.
Heuchera (Heuchera Micrantha Melting Fire) - Grown from flower seed, this Heuchera Melting Fire, also known as Coral Bells Melting Fire, has strong, curled, intense purple-red foliage. Young leaves on a mature plant are bright red, giving the mound a 'hot' center. Flower stems, 18 inches, are also deep-red, carrying small clusters of white flowers.
Heuchera (Heuchera Micrantha Palace Purple) - This Heuchera Palace Purple, also known as Coral Bells Palace Purple, has beautiful mahogany foliage and white blooms. Grown from Coral Bells seeds, this is an extremely popular perennial garden flower. This Coral Bells Purple Palace sports very dark foliage of a gleaming mahogany-maroon, and it is offset by pure white flowers from late spring through late summer.