Heuchera villosa 'Bronze Wave' x 3 medium plugs
I consider Heuchera a plant that we need to take a step back on to better understand them in gardens. Over the last 30-years there have been hundreds of cultivated varieties made available. Unfortunately that hasn't been a good thing. Many of the varieties that had incredible colors and tones didn't perform well in gardens. So if you've tried some of those it's time to try again with better varieties.
One of the keys to Heuchera doing well in areas where it gets hot and humid is for them to have Heuchera villosa in their breeding. Heuchera villosa, hairy alumroot, grows natively in the North America even in hot areas like Georgia. When I'm adding Heuchera to offer for sale I always look for that Heuchera villosa in their breeding or I have trialed them here at Natchez Glen or somewhere I value their expert opinion.
Which leads me to Heuchera villosa 'Bronze Wave'. Not only have I grown the plant here but have seen it countless times in gardens where it does beautifully. Another great plus for the plant was in the Mt. Cuba Center Heuchera trials 'Bronze Wave' scored a 4.5 out of 5 score.
The beauty of 'Bronze Wave' is the new foliage emerges bronze then changes to a deep olive green with bronze highlights. Before in the fall deepening to show mahogany colored highlights. The whole time showing a beautiful mauve plum color on the underside of the leaves.
After a few years in the garden, best planted in light shade, 'Bronze Wave' begins to show its flowery side. From late June to August 'Bronze Wave' produces airy white flowers held on 18-30" stems. Flowers, texture, and color all in light shade gardens. Using three of these planted near each other is one of the best performers in any light shade or morning sun afternoon shade garden areas.
Photos courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center