Name: Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’
Type of Plant: There are seemingly hundreds of varieties of the plant we used to call “coral bells” but this has remained one of my favorites. This perennial with peach to butterscotch colored foliage is hardy in Zones 4 to 8. It grows to just over a foot high for me, and half again as wide.
Why I love this: I love ‘Southern Comfort’ because the color is particularly striking in the spring, and the plant is a strong, reliable perennial. I also appreciate how sun-tolerant it is…but ‘Southern Comfort’ does best in part sun or part shade. Plant this where it can be backlit by the rising or setting sun and you’ll be a happy gardener.
The color of this Heuchera changes through the summer. You’ll get a mix of coral and peach leaves early in the summer and these change to copper and gold as the season goes on. Then in the winter the plants turn a deep, rich burgundy.
A Word to the Wise: At this time of year most Heuchera looks kind of winter-worn so either cut most of the leaves off, or selectively trim those that look browned or tattered.