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Coral Bells


Have a shady area in your garden? Instead of a hosta highway, why not think about incorporating this week's plant of the week, Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea).

Coral Bells is a great mounded perennial known for its wide array of foliage colors including peach, bronze, orange, lime green, burgundy and many others. There seems to be an endless supply of new cultivars and new color variations of Coral Bells coming out each year as well!

Though it may be known for its foliage, this plant also has light and airy flowers from May to July which are a nice contrast against the foliage. These can be white, pink, salmon, or red. You can deadhead after bloom to improve the appearance of the plant and also encourage a slight re-bloom.

Coral Bells like a location with well-drained soil and do well from shade to light shade with a few tolerating sun locations. The darker leaved cultivars like 'Palace Purple' for example, will tolerate the most sun.

Learn more about Coral Bells here: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortanswers/plantdetail.cfm?PlantID=728&PlantTypeID=2



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