Spring Symphony Foamflower
A terrific groundcover for partial to full shade.
Our native Foamflower has never looked so beautiful! 'Spring Symphony' combines all the best attributes of the family -- lovely, fragrant blooms; variegated foliage; semi-evergreen habit -- to create a carefree groundcover that will transform your partly to deeply shaded garden.
For many weeks in spring and early summer, 'Spring Symphony' is covered by a field of luminous shell-pink to white cloudpuffs, so airy and light they scarcely look real. Standing 10 inches high (above the foliage, which only reaches to about 6 inches), these bottlebrush blooms release a light, sweet fragrance that fills the garden, attracting the first butterflies of the season and absolutely delighting the gardener!
Once the blooms finally pass, it's hard to miss them, because the foliage takes center stage. These very unusually-shaped leaves of olive green are strongly marked with black, very striking and eye-catching in the border. Large and many-lobed, they contrast beautifully with all neighboring plants, and keep their variegation throughout the summer heat. In mild and warm climates, they remain all winter. Absolutely showstopping!
This compact, clumping plant reaches about 10 inches wide, which isn't nearly enough space to show off its good looks, so you will want to plant it in groups of at least three. Very resistant to pests and diseases (that native vigor!), it shows its best black variegation in cooler weather. Autumn is a splendid season for 'Spring Symphony'!
Group this Tiarella among small-leaved plants, in front of Hostas, and with other native perennials. Somewhat resistant to deer (it's far from their first choice of meals in the shade garden!), 'Spring Symphony' is trouble-free and very easy to grow, with blooms the first year in your garden. Reserve it today! Zones 3-8.
|Zone||3 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Spring - Early Summer|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Native, Variegated|
|Bloom Color||Light Pink|
|Foliage Color||Black, Olive Green, Variegated|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Outdoor, Winter Interest, Fall Color|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|