Living Coral – Take it to the garden

Superbells Coralina tumbles out of this basket, becoming a living piece of art over the long summer. (Photos by Norman Winter)

By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author and Garden Speaker

Living Coral is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 as set by the gurus of all things color. Typically, we think of clothing or fashion, home décor and all things indoors when it comes to the color of the year but The Garden Guy says let’s take this outside into our landscapes too.

Coral or as they say ‘Living Coral’ is probably the rarest of flower colors when it comes to the garden. I love it because it warms but its not as scorching hot as orange.

In the garden it will draw attention without being gaudy and is a real treasure when you find it on the shelves.

The growing season is long and we don’t want our flowers to be one-month wonders. The Garden Guy has some picks to give you the most bang for the buck with weeks of glorious flower power.

Look no further than Superbells Coralina, a hybrid calibrachoa. If you haven’t grown calibrachoas yet then know it is like a little petunia. Little is the adjective that describes the difference in flower only as this plant loads up with more flowers than you can count.

It also spreads making hanging baskets and mixed containers suddenly become a piece of art. If you’ve tried calibrachoas and think they don’t last then you didn’t provide sun, water as needed, and fed regularly. If you do this, your Superbells will literally explode with flowers until pansy planting time in the fall.

One of my favorite partners with the Superbells Coralina is the soft blue from one of the Blue My Mind, Hawaiian Blue Eyes, or Blue daze evolvulus. This color of blue is as rare as coral and once put together, form a marriage that is hard to beat. You’ll find the evolvulus also blooms all summer.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May/June issue of LiveIt magazine.