Coral Bells Heuchera come in many different colors and can brighten up shady spots in your garden. These herbaceous perennials attract nectar-loving critters such as hummingbirds and butterflies to their bell-shaped flowers from late spring to early fall. These flowers are often a pinkish or reddish color and where the nickname “Coral Bells” is derived. The flower clusters are held above the colorful foliage on wiry stems.
The foliage of Coral Bells can differ greatly in color, size and leaf shape. They range from deep purple to bronze, chartreuse, green and more with leaves that can be smooth, wavy or ruffled. The darker the leaf, the more sun a plant can tolerate and the lighter yellow the leaf, the less sun it can tolerate.
There are 50-70 species of Heuchera that are native to North America. They were named after Johan Heinrich von Heucher, an 18th century German professor of medicine and a botanist. He specialized in medicinal plants and authored several books.
Heuchera Coral Bells do best in organically rich soils with medium moisture and good drainage. In the North they can be planted in full sun. In the South they should be planted in part shade to full shade.
We offer Coral Bells Heuchera in our Quart Premium Perennials and carry the varieties listed below.
Autumn Bride coral bells
Autumn Bride Coral Bells has green foliage that can range from deep green to bright green or lime green in color. The leaves have a fuzzy, velvety texture. Unlike other Coral Bell Heucheras, Autumn Bride blooms August to September/October with a beautiful display of white flowers. They are tough plants with good drought tolerance and disease resistance.
Plant in part sun to full shade. Autumn Bride grows 18-24″ tall and can reach up to 36″ wide.
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BIG TOP CARAMEL APPLE coral bells
Big Top Carmel Apple Coral Bells’ leaves emerge red-burgundy and mature to a caramel color.
Carmel Apple is larger than the Carnival series and sizes up well in landscapes.
Plant Big Top Carmel Apple in part-sun to full shade 18-20″ apart. Grows 16-18″ tall and 16-18″ wide.
Carnival Series Coral Bells
The Carnival series of Coral Bells contains a lot of different colors. The plants are all uniform in size with a mounding habit. The different varieties have been bred for improved garden performance and better heat tolerance.
Plant Carnival Coral Bells in part sun to full shade 14-16″ apart. They grow 10-12″ tall and 12-14″ wide.
Carnival Black Olive
Black Olive has foliage that begins a glossy green when young then matures to black. It blooms in the spring with pink flowers.
carnival burgundy blast
Burgundy Blast has foliage that is burgundy-red with darker red veins that get darker as the season progresses. Spires of pink flowers bloom in the spring.
CARNIVAL CINNAMON STICK
Cinnamon Stick’s foliage matures into shades of rusty-red colors. It blooms with white flowers in the spring.
Cocomint has young foliage that is mint-green with dark green veins that matures to silver-green with chocolate-purple veins. They bloom in the late spring with wants of white flowers.
Limeade has bright, lime-green foliage with a frosted look and dark veins. It blooms in the spring with white flowers.
Carnival Plum Crazy
Plum Crazy has plum-purple foliage with a frosted look and dark veins. It blooms in the spring with white flowers.
Carnival Rose Granita
Rose Granita has rosy-burgundy foliage with a frosted look and dark veins. It blooms in the spring with white flowers.
Watermelon has foliage that ranges from greenish-bronze to pinkish-peach in color and all have a frosted look. It blooms in the spring with white flowers.
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