Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Heucheras and heucherellas

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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Jan 21, 2016 4:31 PM CST
Heucheras and heucherellas come in a huge range of colors and many different shapes. They are easy to grow (happy in the garden or in containers) and easy to propagate, they provide evergreen interest when other plants are dormant, and they are useful for textural contrast or 'transition' planting between clumps of brightly colored flowers. Some are happy in sun or shade, others prefer shade or semi-shade.



Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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DebbieC
Jan 21, 2016 7:31 PM CST
Heuchera can be a challenge in my zone 3 garden but I keep trying! The more hardy, simpler Coral Bells have better survival, but those fancy leaved Heuchera keep calling me lol. They can be expensive annuals so I try to get them at a bargain price. Will see what has survived come spring; I'm always hopeful!


Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Jan 21, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Debbie, try propagating a few from each plant before winter - they root really easily if you pull off small offshoots, no need for any piece of root from the parent plant. Then keep the 'babies' indoors over the coldest months. We usually do that 'just in case' or in order to increase our stock of favourite plants. Great photos!
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Dog Lover Foliage Fan Greenhouse Container Gardener Heucheras Sedums
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springcolor
Jan 21, 2016 9:20 PM CST
Love these plants in containers for year around color.

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As well as in the garden


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Sempervivum for Sale
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Sedums Container Gardener Bulbs Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic
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ssgardener
Jan 23, 2016 3:43 PM CST
Julia, what's the plant with maple-like leaves and white flowers in the third picture? I love it!
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Dog Lover Foliage Fan Greenhouse Container Gardener Heucheras Sedums
Image
springcolor
Jan 23, 2016 3:47 PM CST

That's an early spring picture.
Sempervivum for Sale
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Sedums Container Gardener Bulbs Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic
Butterflies
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ssgardener
Jan 23, 2016 3:53 PM CST
Thank You!

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