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Life After Lawn: Coral bells are calling

Snow Angel variegated coral bells offer year-round color with unusual foliage.
Snow Angel variegated coral bells offer year-round color with unusual foliage.

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.

‘Snow Angel’ variegated coral bells

Heuchera sanguinea ‘Snow Angel’

Size: Foliage forms clump up to one foot tall and one foot wide.

Bloom season: Rose-pink flowers rise above foliage in spring and early summer.

Exposure: Prefers shade; protect from hot summer sun.

Pruning needs: None; remove old foliage or flower stems if desired.

Water needs: Medium; once established, water once a week.

Snapshot: Plant breeders have fallen in love with Heuchera. That means water-wise gardeners now can choose from more variations of coral bells, a longtime favorite for shady spots. A small evergreen perennial, variegated coral bells provide accent and color along the front of a flower border or in pots. “Snow Angel” features unusual variegated foliage, marbled and streaked in an almost painterly way. That silver, pink and green variegation catches the light and can brighten up a shady area. The long-lasting pink flowers give this low-growing plant its nickname. Its compact size is especially useful for smaller gardens and patios.

Public sale: The Arboretum Teaching Nursery hosts its public plant sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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