It’s not often that you can have a top ten list of just one plant, but coral bells also known as heuchera come in so many varieties that the ten shown here just scratch the surface of what you can find. The main feature of these plants is the leaves which come in a huge range of colors, but the flowers although small add to the overall charm. This collection has been assembled by Stacy Tornio and are described in her article which I found over on the Birds and Blooms website.
Once you start growing coral bells, you won?t be able to stop. Yet they are among the most underused plants in the garden. These charmers (also known as heucheras) are shade tolerant, their foliage is striking and their blooms attract hummingbirds. Trust me: You?re going to wonder how you ever got along without these powerhouse plants. There are dozens of varieties of coral bells out there, so think of this list as a starting point. Once you figure out what you?re drawn to?orange leaves, red blooms, variegated foliage?start looking around for more. The sheer number of options will blow you away, and then you can start spreading the news to others!
- Proven Winners
Blackberry IceZones 4-9
This reddish-purple variety is part of the popular heat-tolerant Dolce series. Take a close look at the leaves, and you?ll see black veining. While some heucheras bloom in spring, this one shows off pretty white blossoms in midsummer.
More dark foliage: Chocolate Ruffles, Lava Lamp
- Terra Nova Nurseries
Berry SmoothieZones 4-8
The foliage starts off rose-pink but darkens to a purplish shade as the summer goes on. The light pink blooms start in late spring; if you keep deadheading them, you should get flowers all summer long. Grow in partial shade and keep the plants well watered, especially when you?re trying to get them established.
More burgundy picks: Plum Pudding, Bella Notte
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