Today for my Friday Five post I'll share with you a few of my heucheras and tell you how they've performed in the growing conditions here in Tennessee. The pictures were all taken in a previous year as the drought and heat have really taken a toll on everything in my garden. Even drought tolerant heucheras are not immune to 110 degree heat! But the fact that they are drought tolerant will likely get them through the worst of it.
Here are 5 Heucheras that I've grown in my garden and how they have performed!
Heuchera - Dale's Strain
Heuchera 'Midnight Rose'
Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls'
Heuchera 'Palace Purple'
Heuchera 'Mystic Angel'
Heucheras are a very good alternative to hostas if you live in a deer or rabbit populated area. They are extremely resistant to foraging. Nothing is completely deer proof and I have had the flowers nibbled on by the deer, but that sure beats the whole plant becoming a salad bar! For more information on Heucheras I recommend Heucheras and Heucherellas: Coral Bells and Foamy Bells from Dan Heims and Grahame Ware. Dan Heims is an expert on the hybridization of many types of plants with heucheras and founder of Terra Nova nursery a premier plant producer! Or you could look into Heuchera, Tiarella and Heucherella: A Gardener's Guide by Charles and Martha Oliver. Their Primrose Path nursery has produced quite a few well known heucheras that gardeners enjoy. (Both of those links take you to Amazon.com)
Since this is a Friday Five post I only included 5 heucheras but if you would like some other selections that are more sun tolerant try 'Southern Comfort', 'Amethyst Mist', or 'Kassandra'. I was given an 'Amethyst Mist' by a friend of mine who has it planted in her full afternoon sun front yard but I haven't tested that just yet. Southern Comfort does pretty good in the sun but has suffered in the heat and drought this year. 'Kassandra' is very similar in appearance to 'Southern Comfort' and seems to perform just as well!