Use Heuchera Coral Bells to Beautify Your Garden

Among perennial plant species, heucheras are quite popular. Because of their colorful foliage and beautiful flowers, they are commonly used in gardening and decoration. Here are some ways to enhance the look of a garden with heuchera coral bells.

Coral Bells

Coral Bells with contrasting foliage

Making Contrasts in Foliage

Almost all perennial species have a beautiful flowers, but once they bloom, the foliage seems to fade into the background.

The foliage of coral bells on the other hand, look exceptional because of their outstanding shape and attractive colors. These plants are some of the best means to create contrast in the garden! The variety of foliage color in different heucheras plants include pink, red, orange, yellow, green, purple, black/dark, and silver veiled leaves! The leaves feature distinct shading and veining. In some varieties, the leaves have a ruffled surface which gives them an interesting texture. Grouping three, five or seven plants together is the best way to arrange coral bells in the garden.

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Used as Cut Flower Subjects

Some heuchera have beautifully showy flowers in shades of white, pink, red, yellow, and purple. One can make good use of these heuchera flowers in cut flower arrangements. The delicate stem of the flowers can grow up to about one foot above the leaves, and some varieties rebloom or continuously bloom during the season! You can cut these flowers and use them in arrangements of other flowers to make a lovely mix-and-match bouquet!

Complementing Other Plants in the Garden

One can use coral bells in numerous plant arrangements in the garden. These can be planted along the edges or borders.

Even when planted in pots or containers, heucheras prove to be an excellent choice for garden decoration.

Arranging heucheras in the right way can add an impressive appeal to the look of your garden. Both foliage and flowers of these plants contribute to the beauty of the garden!

When and How to Fertilize Hosta Plants

Hostas Plant

Hosta plants

Popular for their colorful foliage, hostas add appeal to the look of a garden. Apart from the minimal basic needs, hostas also require regular fertilization of the soil to stay healthy.

Without fertilization, hostas sometimes grow more slowly than you may prefer. At the same time, excessive use of fertilizer can result in abnormal growth of hostas, and also make them vulnerable to infections.

Here are some essential points regarding the fertilization of hostas.

Right Time to Fertilize the Hostas

Spring is the best time to fertilize the soil for hosta plants. You should wait for the new shoots to emerge from the soil, both to better place the fertilizer where it will do the most good and to  prevent burning the sensitive, growing tips.

For encouraging proper development of foliage, it is a good idea to use a balanced, granular fertilizer. Add the fertilizer to the soil once every six weeks. This way, the hostas will get all the essential nourishment they need during their rapid growth phase. Fertilization can be continued till midsummer.

During the fall season, hostas enter dormancy, so there is no need to fertilize the soil during this season. To know the amount of fertilizer needed by the soil, and the right way to add it, refer to the directions given on the package.

Cut Back the Hostas During Winter

Cutting back hostas is an important part of their maintenance routine during fall season. Sometimes, it is done during early spring. In this process, the foliage is cut near the soil using a pair of shears and then removed. These plants go dormant in the fall season and develop new foliage during spring. Cutting the foliage helps to prevent slugs and diseases from overwintering and ruining the plants.

Use Compost for Nutritious Soil

If you are growing your hosta plants on a rich and nutritious soil, you can also use compost instead of a chemical fertilizer. Spread a 2 inch thick layer of compost around the hostas during winter, after cutting their foliage.