The Pantone Institute has announced the 2016 Color of the Year, and we were pleased to hear that it was Rose Quartz! This metallic beauty is on trend with eye-catching foliage that is sure to please. Newest leaves emerge dusty rose and transition to light pewter with charcoal veining. Touches of dusty rose color linger on the pewter leaves for an extended time in summer, giving the leaves a multi-dimensional effect. The medium-sized leaves form a dense but petite habit. In early to midsummer, rosy pink buds open to cream flowers on proportionate flower stems.
This plant is a Heuchera villosa hybrid. The villosa species is a large, late blooming type that exhibits an increased tolerance of high heat and humidity over other species. Most produce cream flowers in midsummer, though they are grown more for their fantastic foliage. H. villosa is native to the southeastern United States.
Coral bells are easy to grow and blend easily with most other perennials in the landscape. Because of their low, mounding habit, they are often used as edging along paths or in containers. Try cutting a few of the tall flower scapes for fresh bouquets.