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Coral bells

Pink coral bellsGrowing and caring for Heuchera, commonly known as Coral Bells is very easy. As a matter of fact, these are probably some of the easiest plants you'll ever grow.

Coral bells have been revitalised with new varieties on the market bred for their extraordinary striking foliage and as a hardy perennial they make a great addition to any garden. Their evergreen leaves have scalloped edges and through summer, tall, thin flower stalks rise up with tiny blooms on them, giving a frothy look.

Different leaf colours and flowers in coral or white make them irresistible and if deadheaded they flower repeatedly well into autumn.

Planted in semi-shade to half sun in a well drained position, they are water wise and make a great addition to container gardens. Heuchera make wonderful edging plants and really put on a show when planted in groups. The foliage colour is great for playing up the colours of nearby flowers. Darker purple leaves can make yellow flowers glow. Butterscotch coloured leaves even bring out the tones of simple green leaves.

New varieties

The semi-precious gemstone, Obsidian, is the result of volcanic lava coming in contact with water. This process results in a glassy texture. Heuchera 'Obsidian' is similar to the gemstone in that it's not only genuinely black but has the glassy lustre as well. The leaves of this Heuchera are so smooth it appears it has been polished to achieve this gemstone effect.

Nothing beats a bright, colour foliage plant for contrast in a drab garden corner. Heuchera 'Southern Comfort' Has leaves in shades of orange to butterscotch and flowers in cream white.

If you don't have Coral Bells in your gardening repertoire, you are missing out on a vast palette of purples, chartreuses, greys and oranges in your garden.

Flower spikes all summer Obsidian has glossy leaves Southern Comfort has orange tones