Useful Advice for Planting Heucheras in Containers

Coral bells are perennial plants known for their dramatically varying color of foliage. Some of the common colors include red, orange, yellow, green, purple, black, silver, and pink! The edges of the leaves of these plants can be ruffled or smooth.Heucheras

Growing coral bells in pots and containers makes them look even more appealing. These plants are shade perennials and have minimal annual maintenance.

Here are some useful points of advice while growing coral bells in pots and containers.

Choose Matching or Contrasting Containers

It is a good design idea to grow heuchera plants in containers that match or contrast with the color of their foliage. You can place these containers at entrances, near gates or doors, or near pathways. Some species of these plants have more than one color in their foliage! In some other species, the color of the foliage slightly changes every season. For such species, you can go for multicolored plant pots.

Combine Contrasting ColorsHeuchera_Georgia_Peach_8b-200x300

A mix of contrasting colors can sometimes make your garden look even more attractive. You can place two containers together, one having a heuchera plant with dark-colored foliage, and the other having the same with a light-colored foliage.

Proper Drainage

The pots or containers in which you are growing your heucheras need to have adequate number of holes for drainage. You can prevent the holes from getting clogged by using a layer of pottery rocks and shards.

Choose the Right Soil Mixture

The soil mixture is one of the most important factors while growing coral bells in a container! For heucheras, you should avoid using mixtures which have too much peat, since peat is designed to hold water and heucheras don’t like to have ‘wet feet’. It is sometimes welcome to mix a slow-release fertilizer in the soil.

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While growing heuchera plants in containers, you also need to shield them from harsh weather conditions.

If you live in a cold region, you should bring them inside a garage or basement and cover these plants to protect their roots from the chill in winter.

If you live in a place with a hot climate, you should avoid exposing them to too much sun and extremely hot weather in summer.

Embellish Your Garden with Heuchera Plants

Heuchera is a native plant of North America. It is also known as Coral Bells.

At present, Heucheras are becoming very popular among gardeners. Like hostas, the foliage of Heucheras also shines brightly in the landscape. This plant attracts the attention of viewers primarily due to its striking color options.

Heucheras can be easily planted and you do not have to put extra effort in terms of their growth.

These plants enhance value and add beauty in your garden, and are available in a wide variety of foliage and flower colors, textures, sizes.

Leaves on Heuchera come in nearly the entire spectrum, with multiple representatives in hues of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, purple, darks/blacks and silver veiled!  Some Heuchera even display a rotation of colors, changing with the seasons!

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H. ‘Georgia Peach’ with other plants

You can plant Heucheras both in the ground and in pots. They look spectacular with other shade perennials (such as hostas, brunnera, astilbe, etc) in the garden as well as making a beautiful contrasting addition in mixed container plantings!

In warm climatic conditions, it is suitable to plant Heucheras in areas where they can get more sunlight in the morning and shade in the afternoon. On the other hand, in cold climatic regions, you need to plant them in areas that are exposed to more sunlight, though they generally do not enjoy full sun all day.

Naturally, a Heuchera plant blossoms in the late spring, and the colors of blooms are typically pretty showy as well!  They come in white, pink, red, yellow, and purple shades.

In the early spring you can remove the old and damaged leaves to give them a clean and tidy look – we recommend leaving the foliage on the plant over the winter to help with frost protection.

Make sure that while planting, you do not bury the crown (point between roots/shoots, i.e. growing plate) too deep!  Heucheras are sensitive to crown rot, and prefer their crowns at soil level.