Heuchera-Coral Bells

Last updated : 21 November 2014
Huechera-Coral Bells Assorted

Huechera-Coral Bells Assorted

 

Heuchera, ‘Coral Bells’ will wake up your yard.  Your neighbors will be envious!

21 Plants That Are Easy to Grow and Sell Like Crazy

I’ve written about Coral Bells before but I’ve got some new pictures that I just have to share with you.  These are some of the coolest (I know, saying “cool” shows my age) plants that I’ve ever added to a landscape.  And there are so many different kinds.

Don’t get all caught up in “Hey Mike!  What variety is that one?”  Because . . . I probably don’t know, I’m still learning these and since most of them are patented I’m not propagating them at all.  Which means that I am certain to forget which ones I planted in my landscape.  “the old kanoggin ain’t what it ued to be!  I forget.”

I just like them a lot!  Knowing which variety is which won’t help you because they are kind of hard to find and when you do find them you’ll be at the mercy of what your local garden store has in stock.  Just buy some of each!

Enjoy the pics.

Huechera-Coral Bells

Stocking up on Huechera-Coral Bells

 

Huechera-Coral Bells

We stocked up! Duston’s truck was loaded too!

 

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Coral Bells in a mass planting.

 

It sure doesn’t look like it yet, but I planted five different varieties of Coral Bells in this bed in my yard and I used nine of each variety.  In a few months after these plants fill out I’ll get another photo and post it here for you.  It should be awesome!

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Coral Bells, Heuchera in a Mass Planting.

Coral Bells, Heuchera in a Mass Planting.

Approximately twelve months later and this bed looks great, the Coral Bells filled in nicely.

Heuchera in a mass planting.

Heuchera in a mass planting.

Heuchera Snow Angel, Coral Bells.

Heuchera Snow Angel, Coral Bells.

Having grown a lot of different Coral Bells and used them in my landscape in several different places, the one that impresses me the most is Snow Angel.  Beautiful Variegated leaves with bright pink flowers.  Tough as nails, easy to grow and propagate via division.

Snow Angel Coral Bells.

Snow Angel Coral Bells.

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Comments

  1. Leona says

    I love them too and have 3 sort of growing, but…the deer and elk like them too and I can’t seem to keep them out of anything. So I don’t recommend them if you have a deer or elk problem.

    • Charline Jolly says

      Hi Leona, try covering with black “bird netting” sold as covering for strawberries. We have tame deer strolling the paths at Villa Montalvo, and the silly fawns are tall goats eating everything! The netting keeps them nibbling only the shoots that poke through the mesh.

  2. Bernice says

    Oh (Groan here), I love them too, but forgot about them, and just filled my garden with annuals, where ever there are no hostas!I simply cannot go into another nursery/ garden store! Oh whatever shall I do? Because now I am envying and wanting……

    Such a pretty presentation Mike. And Thanks for all the emails and videos! So appreciated!

  3. Art Burch says

    Mike,

    Your Heuchera, ‘Coral Bells’ garden looks great, but I have a question.
    All our local nurseries (Southern Ohio) say that Heuchera’s don’t do well in full sun … like hostas, they prefer shade.
    As your garden appears to be in full sun, I wonder how it will do, come summer??
    Also, Regarding your comment about not remembering the particular varieties you have, there are about 300 varieties of Heuchera’s.
    Thanks for the photo, and good luck with your business.

    • says

      Art, in my experience heuchera with bright yellow leaves don’t do well in the sun. Most others seem to do fine. Many of mine get afternoon shade, others sun all day long.

  4. Ellen Linville says

    Beautiful! gotta get me some, I’m making more room to plant in fromt. Always looking for something different to add. Are they perennials? Thanks Mike for all your advise and sharing. I look forward to reading your e-mails.

    • Charline Jolly says

      In a California woodlands garden of native plants I saw a huge drift of coral bells in full bloom. Stunning!

  5. Lynn Mutch says

    Mike,

    I’ve enjoyed your newletters, videos etc. They are all very informative and I feel like I’m chatting with an old friend. Keep up the good work and I, too, have just started to grow Heuchera. They went through a touch winter here in Washington State but at least survived, so now we will have to see what they will do this year. Mutch 2 Mutch

  6. Arlene Greene says

    Beautiful…do these plants also do well in part shade? I’ve just planted some in a place that only gets morning sun…and I’m hoping for the best..

  7. Dianne Snow says

    I have about 12 Coral Bells right now, 6 varieties and all planted in pots with other plants such as petunias, white alyssum and creeping jenny. They get about half sun and half shade and do beautiful here in NC.

  8. Lynne says

    Mike – I also have several varieties that I picked up over the years at the local Home Depot or Lowes. But each year I find more and more “toupees” – rootless tops that the voles have eaten from below over the winter. I have rescued a half-dozen this spring and moved them to my protected nursery bed but I would really like to find a way to have these, and other yummy vole favorites like Autumn Joy sedum and hosta, from being devoured by these critters! The mild winter didn’t help at all, either. I’ve tried planting in cages we make out of wire mesh and even metal buckets with drainage holes punched all over, but they manage to get in somehow. Do you have any tricks?

    • says

      Lynne, I’d treat the soil for Japanese beetle grubs at the correct time of year. Kill the grubs, that usually gets rid of moles, voles etc.

      • Geraldine Keller says

        Mike what do you treat your lawn with for grubs and when do you treat it i have to same problem. The voles eat everything i put out

        • says

          Geraldine and Patty:
          You need to know when to apply grub worm treatment. The best time for treating grub worms is in late summer or early fall while the grub worms are still small and close to the surface.
          For those choosing a more natural grub treatment as how to get rid of grub worms, there are several options available. All of which are considered safe and effective. These include milky spore, neem oil, and nematodes – available at most garden centers.

          Milky spore is a disease that can effectively treat lawn grubs and is environmentally safe. Spores are applied to affected lawn areas, infecting lawn grubs as they feed. Once the grubs die and decompose, additional spores are released into the soil, which helps prevent further infestations.
          Neem oil is a botanical pesticide containing insecticidal properties. Neem oil works more as a repellant against Japanese beetles and lawn grubs – inhibiting egg laying, growth and feeding. Neem oil is mixed with water (as directed) and sprayed onto affected lawn areas.
          Nematodes are also used as natural grub treatment. These tiny, soil-dwelling worms release bacteria into the soil that infects and kills lawn grubs. Nematodes are available in liquid form or mixed with water and sprayed onto affected areas.
          I use the Milky Spore…no problems with animals or kids getting sick that way!

  9. Karen Koop says

    Wow…This is absolutely TERRIFFIC!! Keep up the “Great Work” and We will all keep watching and smiling and learning. Thanks for all your Inspiration you have given me…Karen.

  10. Doris says

    I have several varieties in my NJ garden. I find they get a bit sunburned and prefer a shady spot. They overwinter beautifully are among the first to get the color going in the garden. With this crazy early Spring, they are already sending up their stems for the beautiful fairy like bell flowers.

  11. sue says

    Mike,
    I, too, love huechera, but have a question about dividing them. One I have has made five heads with no root and the plant is looking pretty sad. How do I remove the “plantlets” and still preserve the plant?

    • Terry says

      Please go on youtube and type in Propagate huechera. There are so many videos to help you with both root division and cuttings. I have also been very successful with seeds, but I do try to make sure they’re not crossed.

    • Susan says

      Sue- Take the whole plant out of the ground to divide it. I divided mine with a knife. Plantlets that have formed around the core can just be cut off with some roots and potted up in potting soil. In my zone 7b garden, I let them ‘rest’ a bit in a pot to get rooted well and then plant them out in the beds. You can reuse the older original plant in the center but when you repot it you need to plant it deeper than it was growing before. Have only tried dividing them in the fall.

  12. Claire says

    I received beautiful coral bell “babies” from my neighbor years ago. They are so easy to grow and divide. These originals are dark green with pretty pink flowers that bloom in May and June here in Northern NJ – I’ve never seen them for sale in our area. I’ve since purchased the light green, burgandy and dark purple varieties and use them all over my landscape – they always look great.

  13. Tery Schocke says

    I’ve had Coral Bells for the last couple of years!! I love them!! We are trying to plant our own woods around the house and these plants are wonderful for adding that bit of color needed for ground cover in those highly shaded areas!! Just have to keep my husband from mowing them!! Red flags do wonders until the trees come into maturity!!

  14. Sheila says

    Mike –

    Yes, you’re right – it’s “limelight.” You got me wondering why also, so I had to check. The following is from Wikipedia.com:

    “Limelight (also known as calcium light)is a type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls. An intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of quicklime (calcium oxide),which can be heated to 2572 °C before melting. Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be “in the limelight.” The actual lights are called limes, a term which has been transferred to electrical equivalents.”

    Thanks for your emails. I love them and have learned a lot. I hope you keep on sending them out!

  15. JoAn Bugner says

    Hi Mike, I’ve enjoyed your column for a long time and since I am a new Master Gardener for Seneca County wondered if you do group tours and lectures on your operation. I am on the education committee and need to find educational opportunities for our group. I would love to visit either with my group or just myself.
    Thanks
    JoAn

  16. Michie says

    I believe I am addicted to heucheras too! In fact, I bought a new one today, one of the crisps. Can’t wait to plant it here in Northern Virginia.

  17. robin says

    I knew it was the Coral Bells b4 I clicked on the photos. I love them in your landscape but, I live in Central Fla. I do really love many of the plants you feature in the videos and newsletters but just not sure how they would do in the heat here. So many plants at the box stores are said to prefer full sun but from my experience, NOT Florida’s full sun.
    Peace!!

    • Gail says

      Robin, I used to live in FL (for 40 years) and what I would suggest is to plant some native trees like cabbage palms, scrub oaks or wax myrtles so that you get more shade in your yard and then you will have better luck with some of these plants. The hibiscus with the dark green leathery leaves do well, indica azaleas, lantana, antique roses, herbs, liriope, canna lilies, crotons, jasmine, and any tropical plant. You could also try lorapetulum although I did not actually know about those when I lived in FL. Any plant you buy that says “full sun” will do good in morning sun and afternoon shade. You also need to amend the “soil” which most likely is NOT soil at all but sand. You need to mulch, mulch, mulch and you need to basically get used to growing different types of plants than you would elsewhere…like growing plants for foliage rather than flowers and try to get more native plants….learn to love palmettos and lantanas. Maybe try growing orchids. You can also grow mangos in central and south FL, avocados, citrus, pineapples, and pecans. You did not mention what part of FL….north FL is going to be alot different than even central FL and totally different than south FL. I lived in central FL on the east coast. You can also get 2 seasons of vegie growing….start early (like the beginning of February) for spring harvest and also again in August for fall harvest. Have fun and good luck.

  18. phyllis says

    I fell in love with these after I saw how bushy my Hostas went. To me, these are mini and containable hostas!

  19. Lori says

    Mike, could you talk about how you made that berm? I really want to do one, but don’t know what all I have I would need to do to make one. I’ve read everything from all black soil to all compost. Do you have any suggestions for the shape?

    • says

      Lori, don’t over think it. Any topsoil would be fine, but of course the better the topsoil the better the plants will do. At my other place, you can see the photos here; http://freeplants.com/backyard.htm I just piled up soil, most of it gravel from where I dug out the nursery beds, then later I smoothed off the tops of the piles with a small rototiller and the result was fantastic. Never gave a thought to shape. Just piled up the soil with the tractor, then worked on the piles a little with the tiller and presto. I had no shape in mind when I started.

  20. Teri says

    I have a small raised bed with several different colors of Bells and I call it my Calico Garden. I luv it and it is found just off of my patio nesteled between that and my porch area.

  21. Barbara says

    Hey, Mike; At 72 I can’t get around my yard as I once did – I believe it was made for Mt. Goats. But I love to receive your e-mails and pictures. Your flowers are ALWAYS beautiful. I love them all!

    • says

      Diana, they are perennial and some are full sun, some need shade. The ones with light yellow leaves seem to be the most sun sensitive.

  22. Margret says

    I just love the Coral Bells. I have been trying to grow Hostas and daylilies here in Iceland in our short summers. Last year I bought a few Coral Bells and they seem to be very happy, they even seem to be “evergreen”, keep their colorful leaves all through winter. Thanks for the beautiful photos Mike, and remember to post more photos this summer.

  23. Camilla says

    I have three coral bells in a shady bed with dianthus,hosta,Istilbe, canna and azaleas. This year the cora bells and been outstanding with huge healthy leaves. I am loving this bed. It is the happiest bed on my property.

  24. Terry says

    I’ve always like coral bells. Can you suggest some for a spot on the north side of a house under a pine tree? It’s very shady and dark there.

    THANKS

  25. Craig says

    What size is the raised garden bed that you are growing the coral bells in? I have about 15 acres of reclaimed coal mined ground that needs help.

  26. Linda Szymoniak says

    Mike, I think I have the same “bug” you have. I can’t seem to get enough of these beautiful plants. The best part is that they get better every year. I love love love the “Lemon Lime” and “Ginger Ale” varieties. I, too, have a whole bed of them which is a real show stopper.

  27. Sharon says

    Oh I forgot to say- would LOVE to see if Coral Bells would grow in my yard. They look awfully pretty and love the different colors. That’s what I want in my front yard an array of colors.
    Look forward to seeing the picture- maybe I two can send pictures of my yard one day. :)

  28. Sue says

    I agree! Be sure to follow up with a photo of what they look like later in the season! I think it is going to be gorgeous when they are in their full glory.
    I love coral bells too!

  29. Sheilah says

    Love Coral Bells and the way you have this bed mounded in the center. Look forward to future photos as these mature.

  30. Rebecca says

    I have these planted under a pine tree right as you pull into our drive-way, I planted the dark burgandy ones and they look so lovely. My husband just recently cleared out under a cedar tree and that looks like it might be my next spot. I think I may like them as much as you do!

    • deb stanton says

      just want to know if your corabells are still doing good under your pine trees. Bought me some today. I wanted something different than the hostas

      • Sharon says

        Hi Deb, I found this blog from Mike from June 2013, he mentioned Coral Belles: I really like the Coral Bells in my landscape because they truly are the most care free plants I have. All summer long I do little to them. Pam goes out once a year and removes the spent flower shoots, other than that we don’t touch them. Come fall they go dormant, but really don’t look that different. Unlike other perennials that completely collapse and dry up at the first sign of frost, Coral Bells don’t do that. They pretty much look the same in the winter as they did at the end of summer. But come spring you don’t even have to remove the old growth. The new growth Emerges and completely engulfs the entire plant to the point that you can’t even see the old growth. Care free! That’s what I like.

        http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2013/06/citronelle-coral-bells-heuchera-villosa-citronelle/

  31. Polly Crawshaw says

    I’m looking at my three varieties of Coral Bells as I write. They share a bed with Lungwort at the base of a Dogwood in my front yard. They really loved our “non” winter in Western NC this year. Just saw them for sale at Bullington Center in Hendersonville and got my first one at BB Barnes in Asheville. Looking forward to seeing your new bed when it takes off.

  32. Penny Smith says

    I love your garden but I was wondering if they would look good mixed up. I love mixing my flowers so it looks like a wild garden.

    • Sally says

      Hi Penny,
      I love coral bells with my knock out roses , or whatever your favorite roses are ! I have some in sun , and some in shade ….basically it changes the need for watering ….so …if watering is a problem , put them in partial shade ! The foliage is pretty even when not flowering , which adds to their attraction . Good Luck , S

  33. says

    Mike, talk about timing. I just was telling my husband this week that I want to dedicate a garden strictly for these beauties. Just when I decide ‘this’ one is my favourite, then another is brought to my attention replacing it. Outside of Hostas, I think I have to say the Coral Bell has got to a top favourite of mine..:)

  34. Sheri Parker says

    Love the photos of all the different coral bell plantings. beautiful! I am not sure what you mean by this phrase: “since most of them are patented I’m not propagating them at all”. I do not understand why you are not allowed to propagate a plant that has been patented…. do you mean to sell or to use as an item for your own garden? Thanks for the clarification ahead of time.

  35. Charlie White says

    Mike, These look really nice the way you planted them, can’t wait to see a picture later when they have grown.
    I luv your email’s and video’s and they help out a lot.
    Thanks

    • Sharon says

      Mike you truly have a green thumb. I have been working on my garden for about 4 years and FINALLY have seen the fruits of my labor! lol After working in the yard for hours at a time, year after year. It took alot of trial and error to learn that you MUST first start with good soil which I didn’t have. Thank you for all of your videos and tips- I might be a gardener thing after all. :) Thanks again for all you do.

  36. debbie says

    I love Coral Bells. Try Sweet Tea at Sunrise. It is so beautiful. You will be amazed at the variety of colors in the leaves of this plant!

      • says

        Phyllis, Coral Bells are perennials. I don’t even cut mine back. I just leave them for the winter since they are almost semi evergreen, then come spring the new growth comes up and engulfs last years old growth.

    • Paul Allred says

      Debbie, Can you please tell me what Zones these Coral Bells prefer? I live in Southern California and have Zone 8-12 and upwards. Ive never seen these types of plants and their so beautuful. Thanks for you reply…Paul

      • says

        Paul,

        I’m pretty sure they would not like your hot climate. Many of them prefer to be in the shade even here in Ohio.

      • Anonymous says

        They sell them here in Nashville, TN. They do fine and it gets a lot hotter here than it does in California in the summer. They sell them as perennial shade plants here. I would think they would make it there. The only thing might be the soil. If your soil is sandy, you might want to amend it some with some rich dirt. I only say that because here and where Mike is, the soil is very different. I have NO sand in my soil…only clay. Don’t know about Mike, but I doubt the soil is very sandy. Give it a try. I think you will be surprised. They might even bloom longer there. Who knows?

        • Gina in Cali says

          Anonymous, it gets into the 120’s here in California and that’s not always a “dry heat”. I know it gets very humid in TN. That tends to raise your temps a bit. They do sell coral bells here in Orange County CA. They are truly beautiful in bloom.

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