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Foamy Bells

X Heucherella

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

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Height:

Under 6 inches to 3 feet

Width:

To 2 feet wide

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Zones:

4-9

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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. 

Learn how to create a diverse foliage garden here!

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.

More Varieties of Foamy Bells

'Rosalie' Foamy bells

Heucherella x 'Rosalie' has pale green leaves with dark center mottling and pastel-pink flowers that often rebloom into fall. It's leaves turn bronze and burgundy in winter. Zones 4-8

'Sunspot' Foamy bells

This variety of X Heucherella sports bright yellow lobed leaves centered with a bright red splash when young. It produces pink flowers in spring and is hardy in Zones 4-9.

Plant Foamy Bells With:

Astilbe
Astilbe brings a graceful, feathering note to moist, shady landscapes. In cooler climates in the northern third or so of the country, it can tolerate full sun provided it has a constant supply of moisture. In drier sites, however, the leaves will scorch in full sun.Feathery plumes of white, pink, lavender, or red flowers rise above the finely divided foliage from early to late summer depending on the variety. It will spread slowly over time where well-situated. Most commercially available types are complex hybrids.
Hakone grass
The elegant, sweeping lines of this grass are so lovely that it's a favorite among gardeners. And Japanese forestgrass is one of only a few ornamental grasses that thrive in shade. Its mounding clumps of arching, grassy leaves gradually increase in size, never becoming invasive. Variegated cultivars are particularly attractive. All thrive in moisture-retaining, humus-rich soil and even tolerate dry conditions.
Heart-leaf brunnera
In spring, a cloud of tiny blue flowers hovers above brunnera's mound of fuzzy heart-shape leaves. The plant prefers partial shade but can grow in full sun in cool climates provided it receives adequate moisture. Variegated forms need more shade; in full sun they're likely to scorch. It is sometimes called Siberian bugloss.
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