Dolce® Blackberry Ice Coral Bells foliage
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Height: 15 inches
Spacing: 14 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Coralbells, Alumroot
Group/Class: Dolce Series
Brand: Proven Winners
This selection features a low mound of silver-gray foliage with deep purple-black veins and burgundy-red undersides; emerging foliage is purplish; wands of cream flowers in summer; great for contrast in border fronts, rock gardens and containers
Dolce® Blackberry Ice Coral Bells's attractive crinkled lobed leaves emerge purple in spring, turning silver in color with curious dark red undersides and tinges of black the rest of the year. It features dainty spikes of creamy white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Dolce® Blackberry Ice Coral Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Dolce® Blackberry Ice Coral Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Dolce® Blackberry Ice Coral Bells will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Dolce® Blackberry Ice Coral Bells is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.