Coral Bellls –
This selection was the first of many purple-leaved Coral Bells, and is still an excellent choice for towards the edge of the border, or in containers and tubs. Plants form a low mound of maple-shaped leaves, from bronzy-green to rich purple-red. Spikes of small creamy-white flowers appear in early summer. In hot summer areas a part shade location will help to prevent the leaf colour from fading. Evergreen in mild winter areas, but plants may be clipped hard in early spring. Division is not always easy, but can be attempted in spring. A former Perennial Plant of the Year for 1991.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Bronze, Purple Black
Lungwort – Lungwort has lance-shape, usually mottled leaves that contrast well with the rounded coralbells leaves.
Astilbe – The fluffy red, pink, or white plumy flowers and ferny leaves of astilbe combine well with coralbells in shaded, moist sites.
Hosta – Bold-foliage hostas prefer moist soil and somewhat shaded conditions, making them perfect partners for coralbells.
Japanese painted fern – The delicately variegated markings of Japanese painted fern echo the markings on coralbells foliage.