Heuchera - a.k.a. Coral Bells or Alum Root, are US natives, known for its many hybrid forms with striking, bold leaf colors. They are compact, evergreen perennials bearing round leaves with scalloped edges and various colors ranging from burgundy, crimson, red, coral, peach, purple, rose, green & yellow. Slender 1-2’ stems bear loose clusters of nodding, bell-shaped flowers typically 1/8” or less colored white, pink or red spring through fall. Make for long lasting cut flowers and are hummingbird attractors. Used in rock gardens, edges, borders and under shrubs or perennials. They grow partially well in containers having great fall and winter interest. They can take full to part sun, but prefer a cooler and drier site in well-draining, humus-rich soil. Divide clumps every 3-4 years in spring or fall.
Heucherella are hybrids that combine the flowering habit of Heuchera, and the heart shaped leaves & trailing habit of Tiarella- hence the name “Heucherella”. They produce foliage clumps 4-5” high 1-2’ wide or more. They are good in shaded rock gardens, as a ground cover and exceptional in hanging baskets & containers for their trailing habit. Plumes of small pink flowers appear in Spring & Summer. Heucherella require more shade and a bit more water than Heucheras.
Tiarella- a.k.a. Foamflower, are also US natives that thrive in shaded, moist woodlands. They are clump forming plants growing to 4-6” tall and 3’ wide. Evergreen leaves may change color in Autumn. Leaves are deeply loped divided into 3 tooth edged leaflets, often with multi-leaf coloration. Grow in part to full shade in well- draining. moist soil.
All have Unique leaf characteristics including shapes, textures and patterns that Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Bees will all be attracted to, but not deer, they will avoid eating the foliage. Use them as ivy or other invasive ground cover replacement, in containers & hanging baskets or anywhere in the garden where you need a low growing pop of long lasting color!
See http://www.terranovanurseries.com/growers/tiarella-c-82_29.html for more information.
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