Cool Weather Color Changes?

Flankatten(8A)December 31, 2013

Hello and Happy New Year!

Winters are pretty mild here in southwest Washington State. I bought some 'Sweet Tea' foamy bells this summer and was surprised to find that they turned red when the weather cooled! I am now even more intrigued by these lovely plants. Does anyone else have coral bells or foamy bells that have taken on a significantly different color palette in cold weather? I would love to see pictures!

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flower_frenzy(8a)

Great picture, Flankatten. I love the reds!

One of the reasons I like heuchs so much is that they're one of the few plants I grow that look good 4 seasons out of the year. My favorite seasons for them are Spring and Fall because of the color changes. I find that mine are brightest in October when the weather cools down.

Here's a picture of my brightest one. It's called 'Zipper'. It looked better before the big freeze we just had, but you get the idea.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 12:13AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Here's another one of my favorites called 'Georgia Peach'. This one looks good pretty much all of the time.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 12:15AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

This one is a heucherella called 'Cracked Ice'. I love the serrated leaves and the fall colors are excellent.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 12:16AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

'Pear Crisp' has great fall colors too!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 12:17AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

If you like the reds, it's hard to beat heucherella 'Brass Lantern' for color.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 12:19AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

'Cherry Cola' is multi-colored in the fall.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 12:20AM
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Flankatten(8A)

Wow, flower-frenzy! Thanks for sharing those! The colors on that 'Cherry Cola' really are intriguing and I love the gradient of pinks on your 'Brass Lantern'. I'll definitely be looking for 'Georgia Peach' come spring. :D

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 12:51AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Glad you enjoyed the pictures. :)

I think that 'Georgia Peach' should be in everyone's garden. It really is a knockout. The color is intense and the leaves are just huge!

What's interesting to me is that 'Cherry Cola' and 'Brass Lantern' look nothing like they do now during the spring and summer months. 'Cherry Cola' tends to be a reddish brown color and 'Brass Lantern' is a brassy golden orangey yellow color. It's almost like I'm looking at a brand new plant each time the seasons change.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 5:44AM
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don_in_colorado

Great pics, FlowerFrenzy and Flankatten. I only have 5 heucheras, but one of 'em is 'Georgia Peach' and it's definately my favorite of the 5.

Don B.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Mon, Jan 13, 14 at 23:13

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 11:12PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

ONLY 5!!!!!!! How is that possible?!?!? Lol...

Don, you definitely need more heucheras...,

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 12:48AM
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don_in_colorado

LOL I know, FlowerFrenzy. There was a time I only had 5 hostas in the garden. I must start somewhere. Don't worry, I'll get more heucheras. A lot more. : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 9:08PM
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