The Rest of the Story – Winter Foliage on Coral Bells (Heuchera) Part 1

Last weekend I decided I should blog about evergreen perennials, so I started taking pictures. When I took the picture of Frosted Violet coral bells (Heuchera) I thought, “He was my favorite Heuchera in May,

Heuchera 'Frosted Violet'

Frosted Violet in May.

Heuchera 'Frosted Violet'

Frosted Violet in February

 but now he looks like shit. In fact he would be better as roots beneath bare ground.”

Heuchera are advertised as evergreen, but some do a very poor job of it, so I decided to do a follow-up to my previous blog. The first time I posted about them at their best. They still had nice fresh spring growth and some had flowers. Now I’ll show you the rest of the story.

Heuchera 'Southern Comfort'

Heuchera 'Southern Comfort' looks fabulous, and the Pieris in the background echos the colors.

Dan at Terra Nova Nurseries will be proud to hear that his Southern Comfort was the clear winner in the Heuchera Winter Foliage category. Southern Comfort is a great plant, with nice, fuzzy leaves that change with the seasons. He’s also one of the lowest maintenance Heuchera I have.

Heuchera 'Obsidian'

Heuchera 'Obsidian' and violas

An un-groomed Heuchera 'Obsidian'

 That last picture was a shameless effort to kiss up to Dan. (Terra Nova developed this one too.) I had to do a lot of primping and pruning to get Obsidian to look that good. Sadly, he isn’t the only Heuchera that has a lot of ratty leaves this time of year. I either cut them off, or just wait for the fresh spring growth to cover them up. Even though his winter looks are disappointing, Obsidian is still well worth having for the fabulous, glossy, purple foliage he’ll put on in spring.

You should buy lots of him, and tell Dan that Peggy sent you. (I’m trying to butter him up a little so I can get extra free plants this spring.)

Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls'

Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls' is flat against the ground, so it's hard to get all the leaves off, but he looks pretty good.

Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'

Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' would look a lot better if I took the time to cut off the worst of the ugly leaves.

 Well the stupid blogging software is giving me fits today. I add pictures, and then they mysteriously disappear leaving only their captions erroneously attached to completely unrelated pictures. I still have five or six Heuchera left to show you, so I’ll post a part 2 later this week.

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