Thursday, June 2, 2016

Old-fashioned Coral Bells

This is a plant I remember seeing as a child in my mother's flower garden.  I think it was in the plantings of other family members as grandmother, my aunts.  Years later, I went looking for the plant for my flower beds.  I was startled to find plants with dark purple leaves labeled Coral Bell. I was expecting green leaves.  Nevertheless, I bought the plant.  The leaves just did not look "right". And when the plant flowered the flowers didn't look "right".  They were ugly and nondescript.

Eventually, I found a plant already flowering in a garden store so I knew I had the "right" plant.

Each flower is about 3/16 inch (0.47625 cm) across and 1/4 inch (0.635 cm) in length, dainty and delicate.

Just today, I checked on the Internet and discovered there are dozens of Coral Bells.  To me there is only one, the one that grew in my mother's garden.


  1. Yes there are dozens of different colors. Mine have all winterkilled. Yours are lovely:)

  2. I have searched in vain for the same plant that grew in my mother's garden. Lucky you! Enjoy!