If you want to define your garden beds and attract butterflies and hummingbirds, add this little gem. With extravagant maple-shaped leaves, Plum Pudding Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Plum Pudding') boasts a shimmering, silvery-purple hue and dark purple veining. Each shallow-lobed, rounded leaf is a botanical masterpiece! These ground-hugging plants are quietly flashy, and they'll fit beautifully in just about any design scheme.
With prominent veins and a silvery-gray overcast, Plum Pudding is nicknamed "Fancy Leaf" Coral Bells. They are a must-have for garden borders that run through sun and partial shade conditions. Be on the lookout in late spring to early summer, as the lofty flower spikes start reaching far above the rounded foliage mound and sport tiny, white, bell-shaped "Fairy Flowers" that Hummingbirds love. The blooms grow in airy panicles on each dark, delicate spike that looks fantastic in bouquets.
It's beautiful from early spring all the way through fall and beyond. In some climates, it even remains evergreen, vibrant, and colorful for plenty of winter interest. The color is never, ever flat. Instead, its foliage changes to silver with a purple tint in winter. During mild winters the foliage will persist if you provide adequate moisture to the soil.
This versatile plum purple plant stands alone as a subtle superstar. But it truly shines when used as a partner plant for chartreuse or yellow foliage plants. Of course, you'll want to tuck Plum Puddings into your exterior containers as a spectacular "Filler" to boost the eye appeal of standout "Thrillers." Use this same concept in your garden beds. Allow these lovely semi-evergreen perennials to form low mounds of deliciously dark color touched with a splash of quicksilver. Heuchera adds bold contrast and texture to the perennial garden.
Together, these contrasting colors tell a garden story you'll never grow tired of. Add them to Cottage Gardens and Rock Gardens with a wild rumpus of other flowering perennials. You'll enjoy watching the sweet white flowers flutter and dance a foot above the leaves! This is a plant that captures the imagination of young children. Add a durable groundcover near their play area and you'll enjoy a massed reddish-purple "river" of Plum Pudding.
Create a solid mat by planting 8 inches apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Add these to your Victory Garden as a decorative border. You'll entice helpful Pollinators to come a-calling, and support your harvests! Plum Pudding highlights other plants in a really beautiful way. Cozy it up to your taller perennials, or hide the bare stems of leggy shrubs when planted as a groundcover.
Heuchera, also known as Alum Root, tolerates a wide spectrum of sun conditions, including full sun and part shade. If you use these Perennials in full sun, be sure to water well and add a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch at the root zones. Full shade will limit blooming and wash out the foliage, so is not recommended. They are cold-hardy, drought tolerant, and able to withstand heat and humidity...nothing seems to phase this easy-to-grow plant. But to keep Plum Pudding looking its best, be sure to water more frequently in hot, dry weather, giving the plant about one inch of water per week. Plant them in well-drained soil. Please know that Coral Bells hate wet soil in the winter.
You don't want to bury the crown of the plant too deep. You can plant them "high" with an inch of the root ball showing, then pull mulch up and around the root system. In early spring, carefully hand-rake debris and dried leaves from the mound. Use sharp garden snips to trim any old leaves off. You'll love watching the new growth emerge for a fresh new start to your beautiful growing season!
Sultry and scintillating, the Plum Pudding Coral Bells add brilliant and exceptional color to the darkest spot in your garden. You'll love its vigor and low-maintenance nature. Order yours from the experts at Nature Hills this season!
Coral Bells do best when pruned in the early spring. Leaving the foliage intact as an extra blanket for winter protection over the crown. In some climates, Coral Bells can be semi-evergreen, so leaving those colorful leaves up all winter adds winter interest!
Coral Bells need partial sun/shade or full shade in warmer climates. They do best in the morning sun to dry the leaves of dew and afternoon shade to provide relief from the hot summer sun.
Coral Bells can spread into tidy mounds about 2-3 feet in width but do not spread by rhizomes or stolons further than where they're planted.
Coral Bells love a shaded site in enriched soil that is well-drained. They appreciate regular moisture and a mulched root zone.
Coral Bells are loved by pollinators and hummingbirds! All walks of beneficial pollinators will show up to sip their nectar.
These shade-loving perennials pair with lacy Astilbe and Ferns, other coarse foliage plants like Hosta, and the lobed foliage of Columbines! Try pairing with Barrenworts and Bergenia too!
NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and don'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Coral Bells for sale here at NatureHills.com!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 inches|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Foliage Color||Bronzy Purple|
|Fall Color||Evergreen, Purple|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|