Life After Lawn: Coral bells are calling

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 5:30 AM

Rose-pink flowers rise over foliage in spring and early summer. Prefers shade; defend from hot summer sun. None; delete elderly foliage or flower stems if desired.

Life After Lawn: Coral bells are calling

This is one portion in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – forty-five can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.

‘Snow Angel’ variegated coral bells

Heuchera sanguinea ‘Snow Angel’

Foliage forms clump up to one ft tall and one foot wide.

Rose-pink flowers rise over foliage in spring and early summer.

Prefers shade; defend from hot summer sun.

None; delete elderly foliage or flower stems if desired.

Medium; once established, water once a week.

Plant breeders have fallen in like with Heuchera. That means water-wise gardeners presently can select from more variations of coral bells, a longtime favorite for shady spots. A tiny evergreen perennial, variegated coral bells allow accent and color along the front of a flower border or in pots. “Snow Angel” features different variegated foliage, marbled and streaked in an nearly painterly way. That silver, pink and green variegation catches the light and can brighten up a shady area. The long-lasting pink flowers give this low-growing plant its nickname. Its compact size is particularly useful for smaller gardens and patios.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery hosts its public plant sale nine a. m.-1 p. m. Saturday, April two.

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