I generally have good luck with Heucheras. I learned that they frequently need to be re-seated, that is dug in deeper as the thick stem pushes itself out of the ground. If that happens the plant will get spindly. I also know that 'villosa' hybrids work especially well in our climate where summers can be humid. But getting the light conditions just right in order to get that beautifully colored foliage is my big problem with this plant.
This is Heuchera villosa 'Lava Lamp' in both pictures. According to Klehm's Song Sparrow Nursery it can take everything from full sun to full shade. The plant above is in full sun. The one below in more shade, though it gets some late afternoon sun.
My complaint is that the catalog photos always show these kind of plants with colorful foliage looking perfect — and with only one color of foliage visible on the plant. Mine always seem to have leaves coming and going that are dramatically different colors. That variation takes away from the look of the plant to my eye.
Obviously the solution is to trim off that less attractive foliage. But what is the point of having to constantly maintain a low-maintenance plant? Some of my Heucheras, like 'Caramel' and 'Pinot Gris', have variation among their leaves but not such a wide range. In those cases, that change in color enhances the plant. In this case, not so much.
Am I missing some critical information to getting my 'Lava Lamp' leaves all one color all at the same time?