Garden composition is a matter of individual taste, but nevertheless, there are some recommendations that should be adhered to.
Coral Bells look good with low, medium-sized perennials such as hostas, brunneras, tiarellas, pulmonarias, and others. Plant them at least one foot apart and you’ll soon have an amazing view.
Next, I’ll tell you more about some of the plants that grow well with heucheras. Also, check out the How to Grow Coral Bells article to keep up with all the details.
The first best companion for Coral Bells is hostas. They also prefer shade or semi-shade and have beautiful, large leaves.
You will want to choose hosta varieties with medium-sized leaves. Large-leafed hostas can suppress heucheras. As a result, heucheras will not be as prominent in the bed. The best option is to pick up a variety that is proportional in size.
A slight disadvantage of this combination is that hostas like moister soil than heucheras. But this is not a problem, you can water the bed as soon as the soil is 2 inches dry and both plants will thrive.
The red, yellow, and purple Coral Bells combine most beautifully with the blue, green, and variegated hostas.
Before planting, place the pots of plants in the bed and make a unique composition. Once the plants have taken root and grown a bit, you’ll have an amazing result.
A great companion for Coral Bells is Brunnera. This is a very interesting plant with rounded silver-white leaves on which you can see green veins.
Brunnera is hardy and can grow almost anywhere in the United States. Like heucheras, Brunnera likes to grow in dappled shade. Therefore, both plants can thrive in the same sunny exposure.
Brunnera leaves are slightly larger than Coral Bells but they look great together nonetheless. Moreover, the silvery Brunnera leaves are an excellent contrast to the dark maroon and yellow heucheras.
Brunnera is about the same size as Coral Bells so neither plant will dominate the other. The result is a colorful combination of low bushes.
Tiarella is very similar to Coral Bells. It has the same small leaves, but with more pronounced lobes. In addition, the color of the leaves is mostly green or a combination of a green edge and a black middle of the leaf.
Tiarella is bushy and about the same size as Coral Bells. The only difference is that some varieties have a trailing growth habit.
A slight discrepancy between these plants is that Tiarella likes more shady and damp places. Whereas Coral Bells prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate more sunlight.
Nevertheless, they can be successfully grown in the same bed under approximately the same conditions.
The more dissected and striped leaves of some Tiarella varieties will be a great companion to the more rounded and colorful Heuchera leaves.
Pulmonaria comes next. This plant, like Coral Bells, prefers light shade. It has excellent hardiness and can grow in the same place as heucheras.
Pulmonaria has narrower and more elongated leaves than Coral Bells, which is an excellent contrast in shape. The leaves of Pulmonaria are mostly green with silvery spots, which also varies the composition of the perennials.
Pulmonaria reaches up to 10 inches tall and up to 2 feet wide. That means both plants won’t compete in the same bed if you give them each 2 feet of space.
In addition to the interesting foliage, Pulmonaria also has amazing little flowers that are bright pink and purple. All this will create an impressive mosaic of colors and shapes in your garden.
Both plants do not have strict soil and care requirements. They will thrive with moderate watering and minimal fertilizer.
And last on the list is Heucherella. It is very similar to Coral Bells because it is a hybrid between Tiarella and Heuchera. As a result, it got the best of both parents.
Heucherella has beautiful leaves with prominent lobes. The color of the leaves comes in many different ways. The growth habit can be either bushy or trailing.
It likes slightly wetter conditions and less sun than Heuchera. This is not a barrier to growing them together, though.
By combining these two plants you can get an amazing look of different colors and leaf shapes. The size of these plants allows them to be grown together without much trouble.