Question for Ginny RE Heuchera 'Frosted Violet'

vivian_2010June 2, 2013

Hi Ginny,

I was searching on information about Heuchera 'Frosted Violet' and found your 2007 post. How have they been performing in your garden? Specifically what is their sun exposure? Did they retain the color during the summer (like 2012)?

I have been looking for a big and tall Heucheras for part of the garden that gets a lot of sun (almost full sun). I have Obsidian (which I really like except the blooms which I cut off) and a few others. But most of them are a little too small for the location.

Thank you in advance.

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Hi Vivian, I see we are in the same zone 5a tho I am in MA.

I had to check my notes. I planted them in containers on my deck in 2007 where they got about five hours of full sun and very bright shade the rest of the time. On the deck, they got diligent care--watered and Miracle Gro'ed every day like my annuals there. They held their color perfectly and were gorgeous except too many flowers!! because of all that Miracle Gro and I don't like heuchera flowers as a rule.

That fall I planted them in the garden. Fall planting has never worked for me here. They declined the next year because the spot is way too dry and mostly high shade They almost disappeared the next year, 2009, for the same reasons and now they are completely gone.

Gee, I hate confessing my horticultural sins here!! :) But throughout all this they kept their color. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 2:44PM
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Hi Ginny,

Thanks for the info and sorry to hear about your experience with Frost Violet. I will perhaps get 1 to try this year and see how it goes. I do most of my new planting and dividing and moving in fall (late Sept and early Oct). This way I do not have to worry too much about watering throughout the summer. I have not lost any plants so far and they always do well next spring. Perhpas my climate is more forgiving during winter time as long as we get good snow.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 3:59PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Hi Vivian, my zone is 5a/b. I lost about 4 heuchera to winter kill this past winter. I should probably have mulched and watered as soon as the snow disappeared. Anyhow FV has survived, located in minimal sun for the last 3 seasons.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 7:33PM
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Thank you Irawon for the information. I will give it a try and start with one this year.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 10:41PM
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