How to Grow and Care For Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’
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Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’ is a superb one-two punch for the garden, with stunning foliage and flower displays. It has big, hairy, finely serrated leaves with a velvety texture that ranges from deep to bright green. Leaves can be evergreen or semi-evergreen during the winter months, depending on the planting area and local conditions. While the flowers of H. ‘Autumn Bride’ do not provide year-round interest, the little white to cream flowers do create a stunning display during their August-September/October bloom period. The airy panicles of flowers born on wiry upright stems create an intriguing cloud-like effect.
Heuchera villosa Care
Best cultivated in full sun to partial shade on organically rich, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils. performs well in direct sunlight in the north but prefers some shade in the south (especially in the heat of the afternoon). The best foliage colour might be found in sunny areas with some afternoon shadow. While most heucheras seem to struggle in hot, muggy summers, this species seems to do better. However, if soils are allowed to completely dry out, some scorch and general foliage reduction may happen. Consistent moisture is particularly crucial for plants grown in direct sunlight.
Cut the stems off of wilted flowers to promote new bloom. In warm winter areas, the foliage is virtually evergreen, but in cold winter climates, the quantity of maintained colour relies largely on how severe the temperatures are. In areas with harsh winters, spreading winter mulch after the ground freezes will help avoid root heaving. Every three to four years, divide clumps in the spring.
Uses of Heuchera villosa
This heuchera can be cultivated in rock gardens, borders, open woodland gardens, rocky slopes, or native plant settings because it tolerates shade. It grows best when massed or planted in groups.
Common Pests & Plant Diseases
No significant issues with insects or diseases. Compared to many other heuchera species, this one is less likely to suffer from frost heaving of the roots during periods of extreme winter temperature variation.
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