My coral bells (heuchera) are looking great. They’re really the first color in the garden each year, even before the snowdrops and daffodils. I planted this bed two years ago to feature the handmade copper coral bell fountain I made. A couple plants burned up last summer, and a couple didn’t make it through the winter (the seem to heave out of the ground a bit) but the ones that survived are happy, as you can see in these photos taken yesterday.
I maintain the the heuchera are a better choice for your garden than most perennials and even annuals. They come in so many colors (reds, golds, yellows, chartreuse, green, purple – dappled, veined, variegated), textures (smooth, fuzzy, shiny) and sizes – and keep their color throughout the year – even under the snow. Rather than spending beaucoup bucks on seasonal coleus for color, heuchera are a much better value.
|The copper fountain still works! I have to bring it in each year – it’s not sturdy enough to handle the snow.|
|The green in the lower portion of the photo is a channel of violets which looked spectacular about two weeks ago.|
|I’ve been trying to ditch those cheap plastic Adirondack chairs, but I’ve not found an alternate I like yet.
Maybe this will be the year.