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A Hoot for Heuchera – 2 Stunning New Coral Bells for the Shade Garden

Two new Heucheras (Coral Bells) really caught my eye last summer – Cinnamon Curls & Blackberry Ice.

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

(L) Blackberry Ice (R) Cinnamon Curls Heuchera

Heucheras are one of my favorite low growing shade plants.  They are great on their own and I love using them to punch up color in my shade perennial garden. Boy, do they do a great job!

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.

Combination possibilities are so numerous it makes my head spin, but I love how it accents a number of grey foliage plants such as Brunnera Jack Frost and Pulmonaria.

What a terrific shade plant to pump up a dull, dreary part of your perennial shade garden.

You can buy these 2 new Heucheras online at www.GreatGardenPlants.com

Related articles:  Shade Garden Design using Heuchera Cinnamon Curls

Shade Garden Design Using Heuchera Cinnamon Curls

Hosta (Top) Heuchera (Center) Carex (Bottom)

Hosta (Top)
Heuchera (Center)
Carex (Bottom)

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!

 

 

 

Sedum Autumn Joy – Trouble free perennial with 4 Seasons of Appeal!

Sedum Autumn Joy

The flower color transitions like the season from a light pink to a coppery hue.

It’s hard for me to find anything tougher in my not-too-good soil than Sedum Autumn Joy.

This drought and deer proof sun perennial has become a mainstay in my yard.  It endures in areas where others struggle and needs little water to thrive and is hardy from Zone 3-9

We consider Autumn Joy to be one of the BEST in low maintenance plants. Just give them well drained soil, a sunny location and good drainage for best results .

The flower color transitions like the season from a light pink to a coppery hue in the fall. I like nothing more than cutting a few stems of Sedum and a few ornamental grasses for a simple indoor fall bouquet.  The flower heads provide beautiful winter interest poking thru snow while capturing leaves that provide added protection for the plant during the winter.

For more on Sedum CLICK HERE

Great combination partners:  Ornamental Grasses, Asters, and other Sedums.

Coneflower Butterfly Kisses – Fragrant Perennial for Small Space Gardening

Coneflower Butterfly Kisses

Coneflower Butterfly Kisses is a perfect fit almost anywhere!

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.

Echinacea Butterfly Kisses_collage

Pairing Tip: Pinks and Blues always look great!

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.

Cheerful Neighbors:

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.

Visit www.GreatGardenPlants.com for other terrific coneflowers.

Sedum Garden Design -Plant and Forget Groundcover Solution

Drought proof Sedums need no maintenance but will remain colorful throughout the season

Sedums are one of the best groundcovers for sunny spots.  If you want to know how I spell easy gardening it is – SEDUM!

Sedums are long lived, require no maintenance, are easy to grow, have excellent drought tolerance and come in a wide variety of foliage and flower colors.

I love this picture sent in from my friend Bill from Saint Louis.  This planting located near a post office consists of a variety of colorful low growing sedums.  Brick always reflects heat back up towards plant which just seems to make these tough as nails drought proof groundcover even prettier!

Sedums are probably one of the BEST problem solving plants for tough spots where other plants fail to grow – even on hillsides and banks.   The only thing they need is good drainage.

Here are the varieties I would combine to achieve a similar foliage effect:

Voodoo  (red)
Angelina (yellow)
Blue Spruce  or cauticoloa (Blue)
Ellacombianum (green)

For even a quicker solution – try SedumSod – an easy mat that installs in seconds!

Here’s to easy gardening!  For more  on Sedums visit www.GreatGardenPlants.com

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