I have had the same problem with my coral bells. Every year I buy more to compensate for the ones I'm losing. I like the new variety because if the bright colors. Maybe I should replace them altogether.
Ok, sorry to keep this on the wrong forum but I found out that my heucheras were getting long and tired "necks". Cutting these off refreshes the plant and you can propagate the necks you've cut off. Good luck to all. I think my problem is solved. Im glad I didn't pull them. They really looked retched.
I have found that some heucheras take a couple seasons to look their best. I have had 'Tiramisu' and 'Palace Purple' (see image) for three years and the 'Tiramisu' is just now catching up with 'Palace Purple' and look beautiful together. They are in a shady bed on the north side of the house and get maybe 2-3 hours of sun per day. Sometimes this area is pretty dry in winter and sometimes it stands in water for a day after a good rain, but they don't seem to mind! This bed is watered with a soaker hose in dry weather. Have tried them in pots but don't let them dry out completely, they won't revive like some plants do after being watered. We are in north central Oklahoma, a few miles from Guthrie, right on the border between Zone 7 and 6, lots of wind most of the time- tough conditions for gardens.
Thanks! I love to try different color combinations and have yellow and orange daylilies planted with these heucheras. Really lights up a shady spot. Would like to get heucheras: 'Caramel', 'Peach Flambe', etc.
I have some bunnies and chipmunks that hang out frequently in my yard. I think some of my coral bells burn from too much sun or die back from lack of water. It's possible that I have a muncher in my gardens but I have not seen ay evidence.
Sources for Peach Flambe, Caramel and Georgia Peach heucheras: Mail Order: www.whiteflowerfarm.com; www.bluestoneperennials.com; www.hostasdirect.com and www.terranovanurseries.com. My step-daughter has ordered from Bluestone Perennials and recommends them. The plants are small but have great root systems and grow quickly. Lowe's in our area (Oklahoma City metro area) has Caramel and a few others. You might check them if you have one near you or possibly Home Depot. Good luck and good gardening!
Raerae, this is absolutely the right place for your post. The other forums suggested are Subscriber only forums. To know whether a poster is a subscriber or not, one only needs to place the cursor over their name.
The newer ones are fussier. Palace Purple for me has been a soldier and comes back every year. I have them in large (about 5 gal volumewise) square planters and they come back every year--well, they don't die back much really. You will get pieces that get old and woody and eventually have to be removed as they die off from older plants. Mine are in a spot that gets sun part of the day and a bit of shade. I don't water unless we're in the drought thing. Palace Purple reseeds like a fiend too. I top off the soil every year but leave the crown sitting above the soil line.
I bought more purple palace coral bells and plan to plant soon. My spot is under a tree in south facing sun but shaded most of the day by the tree. I'm going to fill in and mix in more hostas. This is what the space used to look like.
I just took a count. We've got about 15 Heucheras of varying varieties, including Mystic Angel, Venue, Peach Melba, Georgia Peach, Pinot Gris and Shanghai, all of which are in containers, and they made it through this winter and last winter just fine. In addition there are about 3-4 in ground, and they all made it through just fine. There was a bit more heaving this past winter, which was a very mild winter, but last winter (2010-2011) was brutal. The only problem last year seemed to be missing foliage, which I think was due to deer. The new growth was perfect.
Raerae, are your Heucheras in ground or in containers? They seem to thrive during the summer despite ignoring them. As it gets cold, I bring them closer to the house in a more protected area. The only Heucheras lost have been by my own hand (ouch!)