Plants that produce beautiful flowers are certainly appealing, but ones that bear colorful foliage also have their place in the garden, adding texture, lushness, and variation throughout the season.
One such plant is coral bells (Heuchera), a hardy perennial of which there are more than 30 varieties, many with leaves in unusual mottled hues, like the silvery-green copper-pink H. americana 'Pewter Veil' and the iridescent-purple H. 'Plum Pudding.'
Martha has a spot at the edge of her garden for a drift of heuchera, which do best in dappled shade, so plant expert Roy Klehm of Klehm's Song Sparrow Perennial Farm in Avalon, Wisconsin, helps her plant some of his favorite new cultivars.
Plant heuchera in spring or fall in moist but well-drained soil amended with well-rotted manure or compost. Space plants about 1 foot apart, and water after planting. In spring and summer, heuchera bear tiny flowers, which are beautiful in arrangements. The leaves will remain year-round; old, tattered, or discolored foliage can be cut. Lift, divide, and replant heuchera every few years, as their rootstocks tend to grow upward.
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