By Nikki Phipps
(Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden)
If you’re looking for stunning color in the garden, then why not consider planting the coral bells perennial. Not only will you receive lots of flower color, but you’ll fall in love with the plant’s intense variety of foliage color too.
Coral Bells Perennial
Coral bells (Heuchera) may also be known by alumroot. These perennial plants are hardy to Zone 3 and though they’re usually listed as evergreens in many climates, they can actually be found in several foliage colors—like bronze, purple, and more. The spikes of tall, bell-shaped blooms is where the coral bells flowers get their name and are just as impressive as the foliage color, blooming in late spring to early summer. There are also late-blooming types available. The flower color varies too, with colors ranging from white and pink to light coral and deep red.
Grow Coral Bells Plant
Coral bells can be easily grown in the garden. These plants grow naturally in wooded areas; therefore, when planting coral bells, you’ll want to mimic these growing conditions by placing them in shade or filtered sun. Their low-growing, mounding habit makes them a suitable addition to the edges of woodland or natural gardens.
They’re also great companions for many types of perennial plants. You can also grow coral bells in containers. Give these plants moist, but well-draining soil—preferably enriched with compost or other type of organic matter.
Caring for Coral Bells Plant
Once established, these plants require little in the way of maintenance, other than occasional watering, though container grown plants may require more. You can deadhead spent blooms if desired. Although these plants generally do not rebloom, this will improve its overall appearance. In addition, you should cut back any old, woody growth in spring.
Coral bells can be propagated in spring by seed or through cuttings. Seeds, however, require at least a 6-week cold period prior to planting. Division can also be done in spring or fall.