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There are lots of Coral Bells on the market to select from, so anything new has to be unique, improved and a good garden performer, especially in the heat & humidity of summer. Both have been rigorously testing & trialed in the Proven Winners program.
Heuchera Dolce Cinnamon Curls. This coral bell has unique copper cinnamon coloring in the foliage. Leaves are very nicely ruffled and the glossy sheen comes out when you give it a couple of hours of sun a day. I love pairing this with a nice blue Hosta.
Heuchera Dolce Blackberry Ice. How sweet this one is. Eye popping & richly saturated purple & silver foliage will pump up any dull shade corner.
What a terrific shade plant to pump up a dull, dreary part of your perennial shade garden.
Related articles: Shade Garden Design using Heuchera Cinnamon Curls
Odd numbers, especially the number three is the simplest way to get started when it comes to garden design and it always seems to work whether you are designing a garden or redoing your home decor.
Heuchera Cinnamon Curls is such a beautiful shade perennial to work with since it provides almost year round color I love using this coral bells because it has the most beautiful copper-cinnamon foliage that is both glossy and RUFFLED! It’s so gorgeous in container plantings because it really holds up well.
In the garden it really makes a statement with Hosta Yankee Blue in the background and edging it up with Carex Evergold. I’m looking forward to trying a new Carex this year called Everillo – which has beautiful gold foliage all season long. This stunning combination really works because its a combination of foliage in different colors and shapes!
One of our favorite sun perennial is Sedum Autumn Joy that I wrote about yesterday. Today I want to give you a few garden design ideas with Autumn Joy Sedum. Autumn Joy has a stiff upright habit, with pink umbels in late summer and grows to about 2′ tall A stunning combination is a medium size ornamental grasses such as Pennisetum which provides an airy, free flowing style to the rigid stems of Sedum. (Featured lower right). Another mid size grass I like using is Feather Reed Grass or Calamagrostis Karl Foerster.
Another combination is using Perovskia (or Russian Sage) (Left). The tall upright spikes of blue play well against the flat pink umbels in addition to adding more height in the garden. This is a very popular combination used by professional landscape designers.
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub) (Upper right) is one of those overlooked shrubs that burst into color in late summer and fall with beautiful blue flowers. Here again, the blue and pink pair very well in the landscape together.
All these plants mentioned are drought proof and sun loving and very easy to grow, especially for beginner gardeners.
These are just a few combination ideas to get you started with designed with Sedum Autumn Joy.
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Butterfly Kisses Coneflower is packed with beautiful double pink pompom blooms on short stems. The fact that it has smaller flowers than other coneflowers doesn’t faze me a bit since there are so many handsome long flowering blooms on short upright stems that are just the right height for small children to enjoy the lingering butterflies.
Coneflowers or Echinacea are easy to grow in sun to part shade providing mid-late summer color in the perennial garden. Like most double flowering forms, they open single. This one has a nice lime green center to it early on before becoming fully double pink. Butterfly Kisses is from Arie Blom – a long time Coneflower breeder who has introduced some of the most garden worthy & colorful Echinacea over the years. (See Double Coneflowers – Meet the Breeder)
Here are a few garden design ideas with this enchanting new FRAGRANT coneflower.
Foundation Planting. If you have a few large shrubs around your foundation and this area is getting about 4 hours of sun, Butterfly Kisses would be a colorful foreground planting in front of a couple of Hydrangea Endless Summer.
Front of the border. At only 12-15” tall it is ideal for the front of the border or use in very narrow border or where you might have limited space.
Containers. There short, compact habit lends well to container planting.
There are lots of perennial combinations you could use. Personally, I like pairing blues and pinks together. Here are a few combination ideas:
Hardy from Zones 4-9, this Butterfly Kisses Echinacea deserves a place in any perennial garden.
I’m going to share with you a garden TIP on growing Heucheras (Coral Bells) that has help me improve my success growing this popular garden plant.
Ever since all those new foliage colors in Coral Bells have come out – I’ve been sucked into this coral bell craze. The wide color range, neat habit and tiny spikes of flowers are perfect for tucking in borders, along pathways and containers.
But here are a few guidelines I’ve used in the past few years that have worked for me when deciding on what trendy foliage color to use and where I’m going to place it.
Plant in good, well drained soil where it will receive a minimum of 1″ water a week.
1) Dark foliage types – are more sun tolerant. Berry Smoothie Coral Bells is ravishing in this garden bed – soaking in the rays and looking brilliant.
Plant in: full sun or morning shade and afternoon sun.
2) Light foliage types – need protection from hot afternoon sun. Even with that said, by August the foliage color
will still fade.
Plant: Morning sun, afternoon shade
You will have different results depending on what region of the country you are from, but for me in my Michigan garden, these simply guidelines really help me enjoy Heucheras even more.