5 Heucheras That Span the Seasons

Can’t choose between pretty flowers and colorful foliage? With these plants, you don’t have to.

By Graham Rice


The first wave of popular heucheras (also called coral bells), in the 1950s, were green-leaved varieties grown primarily for their flowers in bright colors. Then came bronze-leaved varieties with unremarkable flowers, such as ‘Palace Purple’. The latest innovations are multicolored heucheras whose leaves change color with the seasons and varieties that feature both colorful leaves and colorful flowers. These are five of the best of these multiseason heucheras.


In spring, the foliage opens in shades of apricot and peach—almost toffee—and then matures to amber. In fall, there are pinkish tints, and in winter, the backs of the yellow-tinted green leaves are noticeably purple. Pinkish cream flowers in early summer complete this unique sequence of coloring, which is also influenced by light intensity and temperature.

  • 12 inches tall by 12 inches wide; hardy to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4
caramel heucheras in the spring caramel heucheras in the summer caramel heucheras in the fall
Heuchera ‘Caramel’ in spring, summer, and fall.
Caramel Heuchera
Rave On Heuchera
Snow Storm

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Graham Rice @ Organic Gardening