Heidi Brosseau – our retail manager – submits the following blog.
Coral Bells ‘Autumn Bride’
Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’ “White coral bells, upon a slender stalk”
When September rolls around ‘Autumn Bride’ Heuchera comes into bloom and I can’t help but hum the tune that reminds me of car rides with mom and singing rounds at the campfire. The bright green/chartreuse fuzzy leaves of ‘Autumn Bride’ produce mounds of disease free foliage on hardy plants. In September the fountains of pure “white coral bells upon slender stalks” bloom abundantly until frost and make lovely cut flowers. They are deer resistant and make wonderful accent plants, tolerant of sunny locations but best in part shade with loamy, slightly acidic soils. Heuchera in general are easy to grow perennials, long lived and low maintenance. Mature size of ‘Autumn Bride’ is 18-24” tall and wide.
As the lyrics of the song suggest Lilies of the Valley with their dark green foliage and spring blooms do make nice companion plants for ‘Autumn Bride’. We also recommend Hosta, Astilbe and Brunnera which will also produce foliage texture and color contrast as well as overlapping bloom times.
After all these years I still haven’t heard them ring. Maybe Belinda in her fairy wings could help with that!