Coral bells are an invaluable plant for the sunny rock garden, to line a path or in the light shade of a woodland. Their evergreen leaves have scalloped edges. In spring, tall, thin flower stalks rise up with tiny blooms on them, giving a frothy look. To prod heucheras to really strut their stuff, give them exactly the right amount of light. Dark-leaved varieties scorch quickly when forced to bake in hot sun, so they are best grown in beds that get no more than four hours of direct sun. In shade gardens, where white-variegated plants are often prominent, dark-leaved heucheras provide incomparable contrast. Heucheras that have green leaves can tolerate more sun, but they still may suffer, so monitor their welfare and move them to a shadier spot if leaf edges appear curled and dry at the end of a hot summer day. Light-textured, quick-draining soil enriched with compost is ideal for heuchera. In soggy soil, these cliff-dwelling natives can succumb to root rot. Set container-grown plants at the same depth at which they were growing in their pots. Fill the hole around the root ball, firm the soil with your hands, and water well. Never allow heucheras to dry out completely or growth will come to a screeching halt. Companion plants include viola, geraniums, dicentra, and hosta.
- Common Name: Coral Bells
- Zone: 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
- Bloom: Spring | Late Spring | Early Summer | Summer
- Growth: 6-12 Inches
- Exposure: Full Sun | Partial Sun | Partial Shade
- Water: Average