Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’
I bought my Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’ from Lowe’s on April 23, 2017. It is a really nice Terra Nova introduction. This cultivar has been on my wishlist for many years so I was glad I found many to choose from at Lowe’s.
Ummm… You will notice I was a little slow to keep the bed weeded properly in 2017. Please look at the plant and not it’s surroundings. 🙂 Actually, there is more than one reason. For one, this new shade bed is next to grandma’s old goldfish pool that still has water in it. In other words, it is mosquito heaven…
I really like the color and how the leaves change shades as they mature.
Although information suggests they do well in full sun to part shade, I have found their leaves burn in to much light. I prefer light to part shade and where I grow them they get a combination of both, depending on the time of the summer. Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’ is supposed to be one of the several cultivars that are more sun tolerant. I think I will just stick with the light to part shade for now.
Origin: Terra Nova Nurseries
Zones: USDA Zones 4a-9b (-30 to 25° F)
Size: 14” tall x 24” wide
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained soil
Water: Average. Prefers moist soil but not wet.
Flowers: White flowers mid to late summer on 22” stems
Propagation: From division after three years.
In mild winters, their leaves will remain evergreen but in cold winters they will completely die back. They are sensitive to frost heaving like Hosta so you may need to mulch your Heuchera AFTER the ground freezes. This will help keep there ground froze somewhat. Continual freezing and thawing will heave their roots up losing contact with the soil. They don’t need much mulch, though, because they still need good drainage over the winter.
Heuchera only requires a little maintenance. Trim off dead or damaged leaves in the spring and throughout the summer. Deadhead spent flowers to keep them looking tidy.
Although they do like consistently moist soil, they do not want it overly wet. They become fairly drought tolerant once established which is a good thing because sometimes I don’t water as often as I should.
I really like this Heuchera for its nice color. It is a constant and steady grower for sure. I will continue adding more photos for as long as it survives as a companion.
As warmer temps came in the spring, some of the perennials started emerging from their winter’s sleep. The Heuchera are always some of the first perennials to come to life and start growing new leaves.
The Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort seemed to be getting off to a good start.
I really like the color of Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’ and the way the color of the leaves change as they age.
Cooler temps hung around for a while I noticed the Heuchera, except for ‘Palace Purple’, were very slow growing in the spring of 2018. Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’ started declining for some reason.
I moved it next to the Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ to see if that would help. Where it was a mole seemed to be causing it problems. I think one day it was completely out of the ground…
It started growing new leaves but it eventually died for some reason. none of the Heuchera in the new shade bed I bought in 2017 did very well in 2018. There was an issue with moles because the bed is under a Chinese Elm. Then, when the Japanese Beetles invaded in 2018 it was worse than ever which changed the environment allowing more sun. This meant more watering. Of course, more Japanese Beetles means more grubs for the moles to eat over the winter which causes problems for plants roots. The moles dig tunnels under the plants which leaves their roots without contact with the soil. That is why I moved Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and a few of the Hosta.
Maybe Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’ will emerge in the spring when temps warm up. You just never know. Like I always say, “Just because it is dead doesn’t mean it is dead.” If it doesn’t come back up, maybe I will find another one to replace it.
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