Heuchera ‘Cinnabar Silver’ (coral bells) has beautifully patterned leaves of silver purple with reddish purple marks along the veins. As well as the great evergreen foliage, this perennial sends up spikes of dark red flowers. It is a great ornamental plant for the shade.
The ornate leaves of this Heuchera have a purple base with a silver sheen. Running along the veins of the leaves are dark purple lines in wonderful patterns, which can be a reddish colour, too. The rich colour overlays pop in the shade. Best of all, the evergreen leaves last all season, even after frost sets in. They keep the garden looking fresh, when other plants are retreating underground for winter. This foliage looks good with other purple, green or silver leaves. Here are more pictures of the Heuchera foliage in my garden.
‘Cinnabar Silver’ is adorned with dark, slightly brownish, red flower spikes. The flowers really stand out when displayed against a silver or grey background in the garden. In the picture above, an Athyrium ‘Ghost’ (ghost fern) makes a super foil to show off the darker blooms. The flower spikes are much thicker than many Heuchera, and the flowers larger, so they make a good display. These plants bloomed for over 6 weeks, with a beautiful display.
The colour combinations of this coral bells turn a a darker shade area into a colourful garden. The picture above shows another group of this Heuchera in front of some Epimedium. The purple foliage is highly decorative, even without flowers, but the flowers are very appealing on ‘Cinnabar Silver’, unlike many other Heuchera. This is a more compact form of coral bells. The leaves are about 15 cm (6 inches ) tall, while the flowers spikes are up to 53 cm (21 inches) high.
This photo shows the flowers of Heuchera ‘Cinnabar Silver’ behind the purple flowers of Hosta ‘Ginko Craig’, which is very hardy. The lavender flowers of the Hosta coordinate nicely with the Heuchera leaves. Since the Heuchera were just planted earlier this year, I’ll know more about their natural flowering time next year. Even if they don’t flower at the same time, I’m happy with the combination of lavender Hosta flowers and silvery purple leaves of coral bells.
I often choose different coral bells based on the wonderful foliage colours, but Heuchera ‘Cinnabar Silver’ is one that you can plant both for the showy flowers and the colourful leaves. It is definitely a desirable shade plant. Aren’t those flowers below pretty? You can read and see more about other Heuchera in this post.