Friday, November 16, 2007

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

Fri 6 Oct 2006

Heuchera (Coral Bells) are a fantastic plant to add to your shade garden. Last year I had to move my Sempervivum out of the specially made bed because there was too much shade. So happy the trees are finally growing, but this meant I now had a tiered, raised bed for something that can tolerate some shade. Luckily Coral Bells seem to love well drained soil & the shade. A few years ago I lost a couple to rot so I’m really excited about being able to grow these gems in the new raised bed.

Here is my new Coral Bell bed:

To add some interest to the beds I have also include miniature conifers, sedums, dwarf hostas (which proves to be a pricey mistake when you have slugs) and a bunch of other tiny perennial plants. I tried to keep everything smaller (except the miniature conifers)�than the Coral Bells so they wouldn’t get lost.

I think it looks pretty good. Most of the Coral Bells were given to me by my friend Terese. She definitely gave me the Coral Bell bug. I’m now on the lookout for new colors I don’t have and I never knew there were that there were Coral Bells with flowers that tilted upright. Yep, bells that don’t hang down. Very interesting little plants. The bees & hummingbirds love them.

My Coral Bell garden includes…

Heuchera ‘Amber Waves’
Heuchera ‘Can Can’
Heuchera ‘Caramel’
Heuchera ‘Dales Strain’
Heuchera ‘Ebony and Ivory’
Heuchera ‘Fackle’
Heuchera ‘FireFly’
Heuchera ‘Green Spice’
Heuchera ‘Keylime Pie’
Heuchera ‘Magic Wand’ (upright blooms!)
Heuchera ‘Marmalade’
Heuchera ‘Mars’
Heuchera ‘Mocha Mint’
Heuchera ‘Monet’
Heuchera ‘Obsidian’
Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’
Heuchera ‘Peach Melba’
Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’
Heuchera ‘Raspberry Regal’ (upright blooms!)
Heuchera ‘Silver Veil’
Heuchera ‘Strawberry’
Heuchera ‘Velvet Night’
Heuchera ‘Vesuvius’
Heucherella ‘Burnished Bronze’

new additions:
Heuchera ‘Brownies’
Heuchera ‘Peach Flambe’

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