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Foamy bells is a cross between coral bells (Heuchera) and foamflower (Tiarella). Gardeners love this hybrid perennial’s short delicate sprays of white or pink star-shape flowers rising on slender stems from spring to fall. Foamy bells is also appreciated for its handsome clumps of leaves, which are broad-lobed, colorful, and distinctively veined. Clumps of foliage usually grow from 5 to 8 inches tall. Stems of flowers may reach 15 to 20 inches tall.
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Part Sun, Shade, Sun
Under 6 inches to 3 feet
To 2 feet wide
Although the common name points to its pretty flower wands, low-growing foamy bells is most commonly grown for its colorful foliage—in hues that include bronze, lime green, dark green, purple, and orange-pink. The speckled, mottled, and multicolor rounded leaves lend this low-growing plant enchanting color and texture. Explore the diversity of its many varieties as you plan your garden. Add foamy bells to a rock garden where it will soften angular lines and hard textures. Plant it along a walkway where it will create a fringelike foliage border. Use it to blanket the ground between tall perennials. Add its color and texture to the dappled shade of a woodland border.
Foamy Bells Care Must-Knows
Foamy bells grow best in humus-rich, well-drained soil with regular moisture. In northern regions, foamy bells grow well in full sun. In the heat of the South they benefit from afternoon shade. Dry sites and too much sunlight result in leaf scorch and foliage decline. Choose a part-shade planting site in hot climates.
Plant foamy bells in spring or early summer. Water plants deeply after planting and continue to water regularly throughout the growing season. Blanket the ground around plants with a 2-inch-thick layer of shredded bark mulch to prevent soil-moisture loss.
Consistent moisture is essential if foamy bells is planted in full sun. Water such plants at least once a week and more frequently during dry spells. After plants bloom in early summer, remove flower stalks at the base of the plant to encourage another round of flowering. In cold climates, cover plants with a thick layer of mulch in winter for protection from extreme temperatures, which may cause root heaving. Divide plants as needed every three or four years in spring.