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Coral Bells

A decorative evergreen ground cover

A dusky beauty with jagged leaves of wine red that are brighter when the new growth appears in spring. Cloudy spires of tiny, creamy white flowers complete the picture in summer and are loved by bees.

Where?

An undemanding plant for the front of a border in part shade or sun. A great choice for a container in a shady spot.

How?

Happiest in moist but well drained soil. Place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use good quality loam based compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage. Remove untidy leaves in late spring and spent flower spikes in summer to encourage more blooms.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 35 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September