Heuchera vs Heucherella
It’s the time of year when we want to incorporate Heuchera and Heucherella everywhere! With evergreen heucheras vs heucherellas, gardeners can enjoy splashes of rich color through the seasons. Heuchera vs Heucherella What’s the big difference???
Heuchera vs Heucherella What’s the difference?
Heucherella – also called Foamy Bells
Heucherellas are a cross between heucheras and tiarellas, and one gets the best of both worlds with these plants. They combine the disease resistance of tiarellas with the colorful foliage of heucheras. They also are more shade and moisture tolerant than heucheras. We have had much more success in my humid climate with heucherellas than with heucheras.
Heuchera – also called Coral Bells and Alumroot
Heucheras are North American natives whose maple-leaf shaped foliage comes in hundreds of colors, often with ruffled edges and deep veining. In spring through summer, depending on the cultivar, they send up short to tall stems with spikes of bell-shaped flowers.
Heucheras like semi-shade. They do need a bit of sun – morning sun is ideal; they won’t do well in heavy shade. With lighter foliage are likely to suffer leaf burn from hot summer sun. They are fairly drought-tolerant. All of them require well-drained soil, and they are likely to perish if their crowns are planted too deep or if they are over-watered. Heavy clay soil and wet winters may spell doom, my conditions exactly! Clay soil should be amended with lots of organic matter to increase drainage, or else grow heucheras in raised beds or containers with a good potting mix.
Heucheras are hardy from USDA hardiness zones 3-4 to 9. Some don’t care for heat and humidity (my summer conditions!), though some are more tolerant than others. In hot, humid climates summer die-back due to fungus sclerotina may be a problem, and some heucheras suffer from rust.
Both Heuchera vs. Heucherella plants also pair exceptionally well with hosta in the shade garden!
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