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Yellow Wax Bells

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A perennial with a shape and stems reminiscent of a woody shrub, yellow wax bells are named for their pretty late-summer flowers. The plant’s pendulous clusters of yellow pearl-size buds open into dainty, nodding bells. When the flowers are not in bloom, its maple-like leaves are a great backdrop for other shade-garden plants. Though it’s not a common plant, it’s easy to grow and pest-resistant, and deserves a home in almost any shade garden.

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Light:

Part Sun

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Height:

From 1 to 8 feet

Width:

1-3 feet wide

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Zones:

5-8

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Colorful Combinations

Yellow wax bells are just one of many plants that thrive in shade and also add a burst of color, eye-catching leaf shapes, bold textures, and structure to create an inviting, rich garden. Pair yellow wax bells with upright astilbe, ferns, ligularia, lungwort, hakone grass, coralbells, and cimicifuga. Cover a large area by planting three to five plants of a single species together.

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Yellow Wax Bells Care Must-Knows

Yellow wax bells thrive in moist, shaded sites. Plants can tolerate 4 to 5 hours of sunlight if the soil is consistently moist. This easy-to- grow perennial thrives in deep, humus-rich soil. When selecting a planting place for yellow wax bells, keep in mind that the plant matures to 3 to 4½ feet tall. Plant it near the back of the border where it has space to expand without blocking other plants from view.

Plant nursery-grown transplants in spring or early summer. Spread a 2-inch- thick layer of mulch around plants to prevent soil moisture loss. To establish a strong root system the first year, water plants well throughout the season.

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Yellow wax bells bloom in late summer or fall. The plant's shrub-like habit decorates the garden beginning in early summer through the first frost. The sturdy, almost woody stems remain upright throughout the growing season, and yellow wax bells rarely need staking. Cut plants back to ground level in fall after the foliage dies.

Plant Yellow Wax Bells With:

Anemone
Anemones are lovely, delicate flowers that dance atop slender stems, giving them their poetic common name -- windflower. Depending on the type, anemones bloom in spring, summer, or through fall with pretty, slightly cupped flowers in rose, pink, or white rising over distinctive, deeply lobed foliage.Plants grow best in partial shade but tolerate full sun in Northern regions. If you're lucky, they'll be happy where they're planted. In some cases, you may even need to divide plants frequently to prevent them from overtaking neighboring perennials.
Yellow wax-bells
Yellow wax-bells offer a stunning change of pace for fall gardens. The plant's dramatic dark stems are clothed with handsome 8-inch lobed leaves. From late summer into fall, nodding clusters of pale yellow, waxy bell flowers arise. Provide a sheltered position out of the wind where the soil is high in humus and retains moisture.
Lilyturf
Used often as a groundcover or an edging plant, liriope is popular for good reason. It stays green year-round in many climates, produces pretty blue or white flowers, and is about as tough a plant as you'll hope to meet. Its dense tufts of almost-evergreen, broadly grassy leaves are often striped. Stiff stems bear tight spikes of tiny blue or white bells, similar to those of grape hyacinth. It is best protected from drying winds in rich, well-drained soil that retains moisture.
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