Coralbells are the coleus of the perennial world. These plants used to come in a few drab colors, with small and insignificant blooms. Now they come in a whole rainbow of colors, with some varieties grown specifically for their masses of flowers. And they are extremely low maintenance as well!
With such a broad palette of colors to choose from, there is almost no end to the combinations you can make with coralbells. That, plus their adaptability to being both in-ground and container plants, makes this a truly versatile plant. It seems like every year there are new varieties of coralbells on the market. With improved colors, bigger leaves, brighter flowers, and new patterns, there is always something new to try with coralbells.
n addition to creating new and unique foliage colors and patterns, plant breeders have been creating varieties with other improved attributes like larger and more floriferous blooms. Because of this, you can now find a rainbow of coralbells that boast masses of flowers as well!
Coralbells Care Must-Knows
Coralbells are extremely easy to grow, as long as they don't stay too wet. Many species of coralbells are native to rocky cliffs and places that have very good drainage, so they don't like sitting in too much water. Depending on the variety, some coralbells can perform well in sun or shade, while others may burn in too much sun. Check the requirements of specific varieties before planting in full sun. Coralbells also grow well in clay soils.
Varieties that offer showy blooms as well as fancy foliage are much appreciated by hummingbirds. In order to keep these blooms going even longer, make sure to deadhead spent blooms. This may encourage the plants to produce a second wave of blooms. Some varieties will also sporadically bloom throughout the growing season. Blossoms of coralbells even make long-lasting cut flowers!
It seems as though every year there is a new must-have coralbell on the market—it's hard to keep up with all of the new developments in this family of plants. Whether it's improving heat and humidity tolerance or winter hardiness, advancements keep getting better and better. So if you have tried coralbells before and haven't had the best of luck, it's definitely worth given them a try again! Some older varieties lack the vigor that new ones have.