Heuchera, or coral bells are easy to care for. The low growing evergreen plants come in a huge array of different leaf colours, including lots of deep dark purple and orange varieties.
These are the perfect choice for placing near and around your Halloween decorations as they can be kept in the pots you buy them in. Drape Halloween themed fabric around them to hide the pots. Then, plant them up in the garden or containers afterwards.
Try ‘Black Pearl’, ‘Obsidian’ or ‘Wildberry’ for the deepest of dark purple leaves and ‘Orangeberry’, ‘Orange Dream’ or ‘Marmalade’ for the contrasting oranges.
Whichever varieties you choose, the care instructions are very similar. Plant in dappled shade in free-draining soil, as they won’t survive in water-logged conditions. Also make sure they aren’t crowded out by other plants in the border as they need good air circulation around the leaves.
The great news is that, once they’ve established in the soil, they are drought tolerant.
Just give them a haircut in spring and remove any old, dead leaves. Then, they’ll reward you with a fresh crop of shiny coloured leaves year after year.