Hosta & Coral Bells

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Playful Combination For Shade Gardens

When anyone asks what plants I recommend for shade, I almost always answer with hostas and coral bells (Heuchera). Both perennials are staples for shade gardens. Hostas boast broad, thick, corrugated foliage that forms a graceful habit, while coral bells add long-lasting color for months on end, even in poor weather. Their versatility is what makes them so special, apart or together! Coming in an array of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, you can get creative when mixing and matching them. With so many of them on the market, the possibilities are endless.

The best part? Since they’re both foliage plants, their display lasts from spring to frost, year after year, with virtually no maintenance. They are both reliable and easy to grow. Try growing them in containers or mixed beds! Even in city environments, these perennials won’t let you down.

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This combination is all about bright colors! The warm hues from the coral bells lend themselves well to the chartreuse and green accents on the hostas. It features: ‘Caramel’ coral bells, ‘Red Lightning’ coral bells, ‘Curly Fries’ hosta, and ‘June’ hosta.

Looking to keep your shade garden looking cool? Try combining the blue-green foliage of hosta with purple and black coral bells! Pictured here are Shadowland® ‘Diamond Lake’ hosta, Dolce® ‘Wildberry’ coral bells, and Primo® ‘Black Pearl’ coral bells.

Or, combine both cool and warm hues by using Primo® ‘Black Pearl’ coral bells, ‘Fire Alarm’ coral bells, and Shadowland® ‘Waterslide’ hosta. No matter what you choose, you can’t really go wrong with these plants. Have fun, get creative, and enjoy your garden!

Written by: Miranda Niemiec, click here to read bio.

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