Please help me with Heuchera color!
Hello to everyone. I am a very new gardener. I actually wouldn't even classify myself that way because I think you must have a vast array of knowledge first. I have zilch, but am always seeking the answer to something on the web. My husband thinks I have lost my mind since he asked if I would plant some flowers, to add color to our beds that were all green shrubs. I went to one garden center and then quickly ripped everything out and started over. I haven't stopped since. Ha.
Okay, sorry...I'm a jabber. Back to the reason for my post. I fell in love with Heucheras. So far I have purchased Plum Pudding, Harvest Silver, Georgia Peach, and Shanghai. The Harvest Silver is the only one that has kept it's pretty color (green, dark green veins & dusted with silver). The other 3 all look blah. The leaves are yucky light brown or tan'ish. I am in North Texas (7b). For the past 48 hrs I have done nothing but read online about what I could be doing wrong and am saddened to say that I am not finding answers or even an ounce of encouragement. I'm reading things like, give up, heucheras don't like that climate. I have been accused of being OCD and feel like I have a challenge. I'm determined to make them like me. ;)
My soil was clay like, but not too heavy. Before I started planting I amended it. I added organic compost (from a local organic garden center) and some sand... Tilled it up and went to town planting things.
Plum pudding is planted in an area that gets afternoon sun (i know, I know. Well at least now I know that afternoon sun isn't the best.) The tag said full sun so that's what I did. It IS growing and adding new leaves. They come out beautiful purple, then change in a couple weeks to the yucky brown. Occasionally one will burn at the edges and I just trim it off.
The other 3 are planted in an area that gets mostly shade all day. I would say it gets some dappled or filtered sunlight in the morning, and is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. Those 3 are newer to my garden than the Plums, in the ground 4 to 5 weeks. None have grown a single leaf, but Georgia Peach and Shanghai's leaves have also turned ugly. I don't know what I'm doing wrong exactly, but desperately want to figure it out and correct it.
Just a couple more things...
I've read that you should not bury the crown when planting them and I'm embarrassed to say I'm not exactly sure what that is. It is entirely possible that I did just that. Would that cause the discoloration in the leaves? Secondly, I've read that you shouldn't over water them. Ok, I could be loving them too much. :( I thought with the heat here, that they would want more water. Could I be drowning the poor babies?
Thank you for reading and for any wisdom you may be able to share.