The Expected Blooming Power of Heucherella, Plus Variegated Leaves!
Heucherellas, or Coral Bells, are native to many parts of North America. This makes them a hardy choice for diverse gardens and locations. Breeders have taken some of the best qualities of heucherellas and crossed them with Tiarella, or foamflower, to produce gorgeous evergreen foliage. Heucherella Hercules is a shining example of their work.
This heucherella is an evergreen plant in most zones, and gardeners should be sure to plant Hercules where they can enjoy its winter foliage. The bright green leaves are heavily spotted with a creamy white color, giving Heucherella Hercules a variegated look, perfect for spotting above a fine layer of snow. In fact, the leaves might fade somewhat in high heat, but the color will return as temperatures cool. Hercules produces deep red flowers in early to mid-summer.
Hardy in Various Conditions
Heucherella Hercules is hardy in zones 4 to 9. Give the plant a mix of sun and shade. In northern climates, lead toward more sun, and shade the plant a little more summer further south. Afternoon shade is most helpful. Hercules has a medium growth rate, but eventually reaches a foliage height of 10 to 15 inches. Fertile soil helps produce blooms, and Heucherella Hercules grows in acidic or neutral soil.
Blooming and Bee Power
In summer, the deep scarlet blooms emerge on stalks a few inches above the leaves. The blooms will attract bees and butterflies to the garden. Place one in a container for close-up interest or to attract pollinators to a particular area of your lawn or edible garden. Hercules is most striking in mass plantings, maybe alongside a few ferns and hostas. It’s also a great choice near trees and woodlands or along paths. Removing blooms after they fade can encourage the heucherella to bloom again.
Easy to Grow
Perennial Hercules Heucherella is deer resistant and has few diseases or pest problems. It might be subject to powdery mildew in hot, humid conditions. Try not to overwater or water the plant from overhead when summer temperatures and humidity are at their peak. Give Hercules well draining, rich soil and medium water. If your heucherella leaves look beat up after a cold winter, simply trim off the damaged leaves to make room for new growth.