Heuchera 'Palace Purple' Description
Dependable, weather resistant native groundcover returns reliably year after year!
Palace Purple coral bells is the "go-to" heuchera landscape designers use the most.
Even though there are darker varieties on the market, numerous landscapers prefer to use the "tried and true" 'Palace Purple'. Here's what they've had to say:
- Reliable and more vigorous than most!
- Grows well in both sun and shade
- Deer stay away
- Plants remain very strong and last well thru brutal winters without heaving or dying out
- Provide excellent bronze-purple to the garden
- Easy to dig, divide and recover!
How to grow:
Heucheras prefer a rich, humus, moisture retentive soil. If grown in more sun, give this gem more water. Once established, they can tolerate a great deal of heat, humidity and drier conditions.
How to design with coral bells
These tough, weather resistant plants are excellent for borders, foundations, rock gardens, edging or used as a groundcover. They pair well with blues such as nepeta, caryopteris, festuca, or hydrangea. Delightful with yellows such as coreopsis Moonbeam, or Yellow daylilies. Best to plant in groupings of 5 or 7 for best effect. Intermix in the perennial border. Mix and match other heuchera colors for an attention getting edging. Use as a groundcover along foundation plantings. Pair with your favorite annuals for a summer feast of continuous color. Excellent in containers where they recover quickly if they get too dry.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Color change, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fall color, Foliage interest, Attracts hummingbirds, Multi-season interest,
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- Botanical name:
Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple'
- Common name:
- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
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- Height x width:
15-18" X 24"
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- Bloom season:
Accents, Alpine and rock gardens, Borders, Containers, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Under planting, Woodland
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
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Soil: Coral bells like a neutral to slightly acid soil pH, somewhere between 6.0 and 7.0. Good drainage is a must, especially in shaded areas. They do well in soil where some organic matter has been added.
Light: As a general rule, Heucheras do well in shade, but for the highly colored varieties, some morning sun will bring out more intense coloring. The color can wash out in full sun, and too much heat and light can cause the leaves to scorch.
Water: Average -- better too dry than too wet when established. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not consistently wet to prevent root rot. To reduce the risk of foliar disease, Heuchera require watering during the early morning so any excess moisture can evaporate before evening. Drip irrigation effectively delivers moisture directly to the soil, further reducing the plant's vulnerability to disease.
Spacing: 1.5 ft
Fertilizing: Use good quality compost, or well aged livestock manure, or a combination of the two. Apply a few pounds for each plant, each year or two. On poor soils, top dress every year or every other year on moderate quality soils. Spreading a 2-inch layer of mulch over the soil surrounding Heuchera helps insulate the soil during winter, and improve moisture retention. About 3 inches of space between the plant's crown and the mulch allows air circulation, which prevents rotting and disease. Replenishing the mulch throughout the year ensures proper winter protection, and hinders the establishment of competitive weeds. Heuchera does not require fertilization during the fall or winter months.
Winterizing: Winter mulching will prevent the freezing and thawing that can heave plants roots.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut back the entire flower stalk after flowering to put the plants energy into growing more leaves. Divide coral bells every 3-5 years to keep them from dying out in the center.
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