Heuchera, commonly known as coral bells, can add a burst of color in your Colorado garden where you need a low growing plant in a variety of sun conditions.
This year I purchased a beauty called, Heuchera ‘Caramel‘, whose emerging leaves are a pinkish-coral that mature to a wonderful buttery tan. The leaves are fuzzy and fun to touch. In Colorado, these plants would do best in an area that gets part sun where the soil will not dry out completely. I have mine planted in the front yard in an area that gets about 4 hours of sun per day, and have fared well so far. These next to a Heuchera ‘Miracle’ I planted last year are a sight. Miracle is a gorgeous chartreuse. See photo at bottom.
Growing Your Own
Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’
Heuchera is pretty easy to grow from seed.
A couple years back I purchased a seed packet of Palace Purple Coral Bells. At the time, there was little in my front yard garden and I’d spent way too much on hardscape to even think about buying lots of plants. So for $3.00 I had many baby heucheras. You can start these like any other seedlings, indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Be gentle when acclimating them to the outdoors and give only a small amount of sunlight to begin its adjustment. Every couple days give more light. After a couple weeks they can be planted in the garden.
I have my heuchera in a mostly sunny spot in the front yard. Only 3 have survived but at $1 per plant I can’t complain! I do notice that those in more sunlight tend to have darker leaves than the one one planted in partial sun.
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