Fallen leaves mixed with hosta, coleus, Rozanne geraniums, heucheras, ferns and long-lasting annual flowers make a glorious tapestry in your fall garden, says Jan Johnsen, a New York-based landscape designer.
Annuals have to be replaced seasonally but perennial plants like these hostas and heucheras will come back year after year and eventually grow to fill out your garden (Wade's garden is still relatively young). The cost savings is clear, says Wade: fill your yard with smaller (cheaper) perennials and you only have to plant once.
The colorful foliage of coral bells (Heuchera) adds texture and interest to the spring, summer and fall garden — and winter in warm climates. Here, 'Marmalade' is a blend of deep gold and hot pink. Give heucheras moist, well-drained soil, part to full shade in the South. USDA Zones 4 to 9.
While you don't often see heucheras grown as houseplants, these low-light perennials can be potted up in fall and briefly enjoyed indoors. Just be sure to return them to the garden when the weather warms back up. The plants, also known as coral bells, bloom in spring, so give them the cool, spring-like temperatures they prefer. They'll also benefit from being housed in a deep pot, rather than a shallow one. Shown here: heuchera 'Mint Julep'
Also known as coralbells, heucheras bring season-long color to the garden and vase with their tinted leaves. Look for heuchera in a host of shades, including gold, purple, lime green, burgundy, almost black and silver. In the garden, heuchera is versatile, growing in full sun to full shade. Some varieties have a specific light preference, so be sure to read the plant tag prior to purchase. Use heuchera leaves to add color to arrangements, or pick the airy flower spikes. Blossoms appear from early to midsummer, depending on variety. Deer-resistant plants grow 6 to 8 inches tall by 10 to 12 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Good vase companions for heuchera: gas plant, Oriental lily, hosta leaves, zinnia and anise hyssop.