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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


Buttered Rum, Southern Comfort - Colorful Perennials for the Garden

How about a bit of Buttered Rum or Southern Comfort in the garden?  No, I am not talking about a drink, but rather a few colorful perennials. 
 
Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’ is a hybrid with coral bells, known as Heuchera. And foamflower, called Tiarella as its parents.  The maple shaped leaves have a caramel edge and are topped with white flowers in spring.

Southern Comfort coral bells have cinnamon peach leaves that mature to amber.  The white flowers on this plant appear in summer.
 
Finish off your planting with a little dessert.  Peach Flambe coral bells have bright peach leaves in the cooler months of spring and fall.  The leaves turn a softer peach in summer and plum purple for winter.
 
Use a combination of these and other coral bells and foamflowers to create a tapestry of color in your partial shade to full sun gardens. Be sure to keep the soil slightly moist throughout the season.
 
A bit more information:  Add some Dolce® Key Lime Pie to the dessert buffet.  This coral bell has chartreuse foliage all season long. The heart shaped leaves are mottled with lime green.  Mix a few with dark green or blue-green hostas for an eye-catching combination.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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