Grow Citronelle Coral Bells, Heuchera villosa and ‘Citronelle’ if you are looking for plants that are easy to take care of, will grow in zones 4 through 9 and will brighten up any landscape.
This particular plant is in the Coral Bells family and it is spectacular! Extremely bright in color, even when not planted in direct sun.
The “experts” say that this plant is extremely heat tolerant and that very well might be the case. But for me, it did not like full sun. It might tolerate heat, okay, but in full sun it struggled.
Once I moved it to the end of my house where it gets plenty of light, but very little direct sun, it started thriving.
Now, don’t ask me where you can buy because, in all honesty, I don’t really know. I’m sure you can find them online, but locally you may not find this exact variety because . . . it’s a Coral Bells and there are a lot of them.
Many of them, including this one, are patented, which means that only a handful of growers in the country are licensed to grow them and that makes finding them all that more difficult.
However, any bright color Heuchera with yellow leaves will perform pretty much the same as this one. Leaf color might vary a little, but you are really limited by what you can find.
In other words, don’t move heaven and earth to find this exact plant, just find one that you can actually buy that resembles this plant and of course is a Coral Bells.
I really like the Coral Bells in my landscape because they truly are the most carefree plants I have. All summer long I do little to them.
Pam goes out once a year and removes the spent flower shoots, other than that we don’t touch them. Come fall they go dormant, but really don’t look that different.
Unlike other perennials that completely collapse and dry up at the first sign of frost, Coral Bells don’t do that. They pretty much look the same in the winter as they did at the end of summer.
But come spring you don’t even have to remove the old growth. The new growth Emerges and completely engulfs the entire plant to the point that you can’t even see the old growth. Carefree! That’s what I like.