The Garden party, Coral Bells, Plant of the year 2012

 

Welcome to the party! I’ve returned from my vacation in TN and needed a few days for rest and relaxation. I love my family but I’m not used to so much activity all around me from 2 precious little kids and that long car ride with a 4 year old is exhausting!

Since I have been missing lately, I’ve decided to host my little garden party now and for the next few weeks. I really hope you will join in and show off your favorite pretty planties!

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Let’s start with Heuchera, you probably know it as Coral Bells. It’s one of my favorites and has been named plant of the year by the National Garden Bureau.

 

 

I don’t know it’s name, but you will probably recognize this common variety.

This variety is called Georgia peach.

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Unusually colored cultivators are showing up at garden centers everywhere, in shades from lime to purple to black.

hosta coral bells

Coral bells usually prefer shade but new varieties tolerate sun well. While they do flower, I think the leaves are their best asset.  I have this combination of Palace Purple coral bells and a chartreuse hosta in my garden.

One of the things I really like about gardening is grouping plants to create beautiful combinations. You can spend hours at garden centers coming up with new combinations! So let’s get started! If you don’t have anything to link up this week come back next Tuesday for another plant party link up and show off your dirty fingernails! It’s fun digging in the dirt!

Please link back here in your post. Thank You!  Smile 

Comments

  1. Brought my Wisteria over and looking forward to your garden party!
    Laura

  2. sona says:

    too early yet, here in Michigan. I did buy some Boston Fern to hang in my tree and porch, when I can take them out of the garage ;O(

  3. Nana Diana says:

    Welcome home! It does take a while to catch up on your rest, doesn’t it?
    Your gardens are just beautiful. You have a great eye for coordinating plants. Hope you have a great week! xo Diana
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  4. Ele says:

    I wish I didn’t live so far North! My plants have just started to poke out of the ground and some years we are still snow covered. Please visit me for an Annie Sloan book giveaway.
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  5. Deidre says:

    Love your plant combo colors!Its still pretty cold up here in the gret white north but temps are going to improve this weekend!Please stop over and see whats happening in my neck of the woods:) Deidre

  6. hi debra- newest linky follower! would love a linky follow back! Thanks so much! I will come back and link up my patio …. I think i need more flowers! xo, laura
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