I bought my Heuchera ‘Venus’ from Lowe’s on April 23, 2017. I have several similar cultivars on my wishlist, so I was glad to bring this one home with me.
Heuchera ‘Venus is part of the Planet Collection hybridized by Wijnhout from the Netherlands. Introduced in 2003.
Heuchera ‘Venis is a beautiful cultivar with silvery-green leaves and dark green/maroon veins. A very striking combination!
Origin: Hybridized by Wijnhout of the Netherlands
Zones: USDA Zones 4a-9b (-30 to 25° F)
Size: 8-12” tall x 10-12” wide
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained soil
Water: Average. Prefers moist soil but not wet.
Flowers: White flowers on 15″ stems in late spring to mid-summer
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.
We made it through the winter even though January was very cold. As some of the perennials started to emerge in April, they were met with continual cool temps.
Heuchera ‘Venus’ was starting to look pretty good although the cool temps seemed to give them a hard time.
The spring weeds kept me busy. The lack of early moisture didn’t help much.
Moles are another problem in this area. I learned a few things about planting a shade bed under Chinese Elm trees…
The Chinese Elm leaves are a Japanese Beetle magnet. The beetles lay eggs in the soil beneath the trees and then the moles feed on their grubs during the winter. This can cause serious problems when the moles burrow under plants which leaves their roots dangling in a hole.
Heuchera ‘Venus wasn’t as bothered by the moles as a few of the other Heuchera. Even so, the Heuchera in this bed didn’t do all that well in 2018.
The Japanese Beetle invasion was worse in 2018 than in 2017. The once shady area turned in to a lightly shaded area. They meant more watering. I intended to mulch a little more, but with other things to do and it getting hot, it didn’t get done. As you can see in the photo, the dead elm leaves covered the ground. It was quite an ordeal. The Hosta and Heuchera needed a lot of additional water.
Hopefully, 2019 will be much better. I may move the shade bed to the north side of the house away from the elm trees.
I really like my Heuchera ‘Venus’ companion. It was a little strange that its veins started out marron and turned dark green.
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