Midnight Bayou Coral Bells
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Smart designers rely on foliage to furnish the garden with long-lasting color and texture. Leaves last for months and months, supplying the landscape with more of an impact than fleeting flowers. Midnight Bayou Coral Bells is one stylish Spirit you can employ to give your garden luscious, colorful foliage appeal all year-round. This pretty performer makes a big splash in spring with new leaves that emerge a striking cranberry-red color. In time, they take on rich rosy purple tones; a dusting of silver and charcoal-gray veining add sophistication. Deck out your garden like a pro—let foliage be the star!
Coral Bells are native Spirits that grow all over North America in different forms. Up until the 1990s, gardeners considered them to be nice garden plants, but nothing too spectacular. Then breeders began to make crosses, and exciting new Coral Bells in brilliant colors began to appear. The charge was led by talented plantsman Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Oregon. Heims and his team developed this selection, too. It stood out for its large leaves and fantastic color changes. Terra Nova introduced Midnight Bayou Coral Bells in 2009.
Flowers, too! Midnight Bayou Coral Bells is grown primarily for its captivating silvery purplefoliage, but its blooms are a nice bonus. In summer, tiny, airy light pink blossoms rise on slim stems, making a lovely accompaniment to the dark, sultry leaves.
How to Grow
Most Coral Bells do best in morning sun, with shade during the hottest part of the day. Bright light will bring out the richest coloring in their foliage, but intense sun can scorch some varieties. Plant Midnight Bayou in rich, organic, well-drained soil that is moist but never soggy. Trim off spent flower spikes if you find them unattractive. Midnight Bayou is evergreen; clean up any winter-damaged foliage in early spring. Black vine weevils can be a problem in some areas. You can control them organically with beneficial nematodes if this is the case, or simply keep your Coral Bells in containers.
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