How little light is ok for Coral Bells?
Hello. I have been browsing this forum for the past couple weeks and finally decided to make a thread. Hopefully I am doing it correctly.
In the past couple weeks, I have stumbled upon the wonderful colors of Heuchera from some google searches looking at online vendors and finding this forum, so I decided to purchase some and try them out. I purchased a couple from Walmart, dont remember the names except four of them are Silver Scrolls and I purchased a couple Caramel at a local nursery and found one at another that I believe is called Dale's Strain.
I placed the Walmart ones under a very large Japanese Maple tree, about 7-8 feet from the base. They get mostly full shade except for a couple hours of afternoon sun from 6 to sundown and they seem to be doing well.
I placed all of the Caramels and a couple Silver Scrolls in a bed with a bunch of hostas that gets morning sun from sunrise until about 12pm and those seem to be doing great.
First question is do those areas sound good as far as light goes? I'm pretty sure the hosta area is great but I'm not so sure about the amount of shade for the ones underneath the Maple.
My second question is this-
I have another area I will be cleaning out and adding a couple inches of compost to. This area gets basically complete shade all day. I wouldnt say it gets bright light but definitely not dark shade.
Currently in this area I have a Giant Leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum) that is doing very well. I started with one plant and it is now three. This is its second year and it has not bloomed so far. The only other main plant in the area is an ivy that I will be removing to make room for two Crested Leopard plants on each side of the current one and room for other shady plants.
Would this area (all day shade) be ok to plant a heuchera like Silver Scrolls to get a different colored foliage in there or is it too much shade for the heuchera to do well? I would likely add some Japanese Painted ferns in the area also but I really like the look and color of the coral bells.
I have also been able to locate several Palace Purple coral bells at a local nursery; however, they didn't look so purple so I did not purchase them. I wish I could find some like the Plum Pudding or Plum Royale locally.