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Best Heuchera for Central MD

Posted by totallyconfused 6b/7MD (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 21, 10 at 11:07

Hello everyone. I've been a longtime lurker, but was hoping someone here could help me. I am hoping to add a heuchera or two (anything but green) to a northeast facing bed. I have done quite a bit of reading on-line and have gotten myself completely confused. Can anyone growing heuchera in my area tell me whether villosa or americana is the better choice? Some info suggests that villosa is the plant of choice for hot, humid conditions, yet other info indicates that those plants tend to be weak and short-lived in the garden. Any suggestions based on real-life experience would be greatly appreciated.

Totally Confused

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RE: Best Heuchera for Central MD

The most vigorous variety in my garden is 'Caramel' which is villosa. 'Midnight Rose' is doing well, but does not grow/multiply too fast. 'Stormy Seas' was planted last fall and looks fantastic so far. Some light colored yellow/lime green varieties are the weakest (do not remember names now).
All Heucheras have to be divided and/or planted deeper from time to time.

I do not have individual Heuchera pictures, but you can see two large 'Caramel' specimens on the right side on this picture:


RE: Best Heuchera for Central MD

Thanks. I'll keep those varieties in mind.

Totally Confused

RE: Best Heuchera for Central MD

Palace Purple, and old variety, has done well for me here for years. I think it's americana, so the rules may not be set in stone.

RE: Best Heuchera for Central MD

Purple Palace is the only one I can grow with any reliability. I have tried the gold-hued varieties and they always die. But that's just me. It will depend on conditions. The other good thing about Purple Palace is that it is dirt cheap.


RE: Best Heuchera for Central MD

Purple Palace, Amethyst Mist, Peach Melba, and Key Lime Pie have all grown well in VA soil for me.


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