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Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)

I grow Cora Bells in my garden every spring. I can remember growing up around these flowers but never knowing their name. They come is many varieties. I really like the burgundy color and it goes nice with the other bright yellow and orange colors in my spring garden. I researched and found out a little about them. I think mine are called Dolce Blackcurrant, as the leaves are a burgundy color with spots of silver on the leaves as well.

Coral bells are extremely easy to grow plants, as long as they don’t stay too wet. Most species of coralbells don’t like sitting in too much water. Depending on the variety, some coralbells can perform well in sun or shade, while others may burn in too much sun. Check the requirements of specific varieties before planting in full sun. They also do well in clay soil.

Varieties that offer showy blooms as well as fancy foliage are loved my hummingbirds. Surprise! I found this out by accident the first year I planted them. In order to keep these blooms going even longer, make sure to deadhead spent blooms. This may encourage the plants to produce a second wave of blooms. Some varieties will also sporadically bloom throughout the growing season. Blossoms of coralbells also make great, long-lasting cut flowers. I will bring in a  few in the spring and summer and add to a bouquet on my table. 

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