Today, we’d like to introduce a plant that’s beautiful, easy to grow, can survive hot dry summers, as well as cold snowy winters and isn’t too particular about its watering needs. It might sound too good to be true, but Coral Bells (Heuchera ssp.) are a beautiful addition to any landscape. These perennials are a prime example of a low-maintenance Colorado native plant that can provide aesthetic appeal to garden landscapes year after year.
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Coral Bells (also called alum root) are native American plants that grow in multiple areas of the country. They’re as appreciated for their beautiful foliage as they are for their colorful blooms. You’ll want to pay careful attention to the varieties you choose, since some of them have more dramatic blooms than others. However, what’s sacrificed in terms of flowers is made up for by the stunning ground cover their foliage provides.
Typically, Coral Bells have tiny clouds of white, red, pink, or coral blooms that are bell-shaped, growing from a slender stalk that shoots up and above their abundant foliage. They love the sun, but prefer partial shade when they live in an area that’s as hot and dry as ours. Colorado gardeners will appreciate that Heuchera plants prefer sandy and well-draining soil, since we have plenty of that in this area! They can be watered sporadically during the summer and go without water for a bit after a good summer storm.
You won’t be the only one attracted to the delicate blooms of the Coral Bell; bees and hummingbirds will flock to them during their late spring and early summer flowering seasons. Once the blooms have faded, you can cut back the stalks to enjoy the foliage. These plants will remain happily in their beds through the winter, and all you need to do is remove their dead foliage each spring. Every three to four years, you’ll want to divide them and transplant the divided halves.
Don’t forget that Lifescape Colorado is more than happy to take care of your garden maintenance once your landscape design and build-out is complete. Contact us today for more information about our services.