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Coral Bells are a Low Maintenance Landscape Plant

Posted August 24th, 2016 by Mike McGroarty in ,

rsz_dsc_0025Are you looking for a plant that is easy to care for, will grow in zones 4 through 9 and will brighten up any landscape? Coral Bells Citronelle, Heuchera Citronelle is in the Coral Bells family and it is spectacular. It is also extremely bright in color, even when not planted in direct sun. The “experts” say that this plant is extremely heat tolerant and that very well might be the case but for me it did not like full sun. It might tolerate heat okay, but in full sun it struggled. Once I moved it to the end of my house where it gets plenty of light, but very little direct sun, it started thriving.

Now, don’t ask me where you can buy because in all honesty I don’t really know. I’m sure you can find them online, but locally you may not find this exact variety because it’s a Coral Bells and there are a lot of them. Many of them, including this one are patented, which means that only a handful of growers in the country are licensed to grow them and that makes finding them all that more difficult.

However, any bright color Heuchera with yellow leaves will perform pretty much the same as this one. Leaf color might vary a little, but you are really limited by what you can find. In other words, don’t move heaven and earth to find this exact plant, just find one that that resembles this plant and of course is a Coral Bells.

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. We do remove the spent flower shoots once a year, 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. Even better, when spring arrives 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.

Mike McGroarty is the owner of McGroarty Enterprises and the author of several books. You can visit his website at Freeplants.com and read his blog at Mikesbackyardnursery.com.

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