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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.
First of all, we love getting photos of gardens– especially as beautiful and well done as this one. Secondly, this is a blooming machine so Elizabeth (and the hummingbirds) will enjoy blooms all summer long. Thirdly, this photo illustrates what a hard working perennial Coral Bells are since not all shade plants will thrive well beneath a base of a tree where it must compete against tree roots.
‘Rave On’ has beautiful silver foliage with bright rose pink flowers that stay attractive all season long. This is a terrific shade perennial that is a work horse in the garden and easy to grow. If you need that punch of color (both foliage & blooms), try Heuchera ‘Rave On’. This shade plant will not disappoint you.
For a low maintenance shade garden, select plants that are more widely adaptable to various degrees of light and soil conditions and are easy to grow and maintain. Here’s a list of our top 12 favorites:
Add a zesty flower color you won’t find in other shade plants. Visions is not only more drought tolerant than other varieties (It still needs plenty of water) it is the most fragrant of all Astilbes.
You’ll get beauty in flowers and 3 seasons of interest with shimming silver foliage of Jack Frost Brunnera – our hands down favorite and recent 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year Winner. Brunnera competes fairly well with tree roots and is highly deer proof.
Heucheras are one of the most diverse and colorful shade perennials. Plant as a groundcover, intersperse between other plants. (One of my favorite combination is Heuchera Southern Comfort with a blue hosta – oh, la, la!)
The Arnold Schwarzenegger of all shade plants. Easy to grow in tough situations where other shade plants fail.
Hostas grow well under a wide range of trees & shrubs and tolerate a variety of soils. They will grow bigger with amended soil & good drainage. There is nothing like a combination of sizes, colors and shapes for a WOW effect.
An iron clad deer-proof plant that tolerates dry shade once established. Stunning late winter blooms. A super groundcover offering a year round carpet of evergreen foliage. You’ll won’t want to miss the all new Winter Thriller Hellebores.
Their elegant and fine texture of ferns pair well with Heucheras, Brunnera & Hostas. They need consistent moisture to do well and is a must have for any shade garden.
This much-loved flowering shrub is a favorite for many gardeners. Hydrangeas add a much needed height to the shade garden while providing year round beauty.
The fuzzy silver spotted leaves of Pulmonaria are not appealing to deer while
brightening up dark spots. Not for the dry garden.
This little known gem is gaining in popularity. Foamflower has exaggerated leaves that remain colorful spring-winter. Its slow running habit makes an ideal groundcover.
Shade gardening can be just as beautiful as a sunny perennial garden and often with much care and you’ll get to appreciate the best thing about shade – a perfect place to unwind after a long hectic day.
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Do you have a favorite perennial pairing that makes you smile? One of my favorite shade gardening “pairs” is Tiarella and Heuchera (I’m particularly fond of Frosted Violet which has fantastic vigor and is both heat & drought tolerant). I have found both to be hard working shade ground covers that are easy care providing multi -seasonal interest.
Both are excellent for container gardening. They do well if left outside during the winter in my unprotected in my Zone 5 garden.
The spring flowers of Tiarella continue to bloom sporadically in cooler climates and makes a charming carpet of foamy (and FRAGRANT) flowers which I LOVE edging a shaded garden path with. Heucheras come in a wide range of foliage colors and are great anywhere you can provide protection from the hot afternoon sun.
Tiarella is a terrific choice for winter color. Their intricate evergreen leaves turn intense burgundy shades in the winter which gives you something to enjoy when you get an occasional snow melt while reflecting on the growing season ahead.
Check out our Shade Perennial Garden Collections for more inspiring ideas for your shade garden.
Heuchera & Tiarella – both oh-so-easy garden plants with color & interest and spring- winter interest. What pairing makes you smile?
As 2010 winds to a close, we look forward to spring and hope it is right around the corner! My, how time flies when we’re having fun!
You can easily brighten a shady corner of your garden with this trio of colorful shade perennials. You’ve got the brilliant strawberry-peach foliage of Heuchera Georgia Peach combining with the silvery-veined foliage of Brunnera Jack Frost. We used Heuchera Frosted Violet to pull everything together. Early spring brings the added bonus of bright sky-blue flowers sitting atop Brunnera Jack Frost.
The beauty of this colorful Shade Garden Collection is that it remains stunning for over 8 months in the shade garden or patio planter.
This image shows Heuchera Georgia Peach in all its summer-time glory. Of all the new Heucheras hitting the market & confusing gardeners, I strongly feel that Georgia Peach has risen to the top & is a phenominally strong grower in the garden.
Her leaves are a stunning strawberry coloration ALL season long, giving over 6 MONTHS of continual color.
Here’s a picture of Brunnera Jack Frost with its bright summer foliage of silver and green-veined leaves. The foliage remains brilliant all spring, summer, & fall!
Even the deer won’t touch this rugged shade plant!