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Wednesday
Jun012011

Puny Perennial Packs Powerful Punch

When can a very short, pale flower make us stop for a second glance? When that plant is Tiarella Spring Symphony!

It didn’t take much convincing to add it to my shopping cart when I first saw it in bloom at the nursery. Although, the fragrant flowers eventually paled in my sundrenched garden, it added needed color and gentle foaming bottle - brush texture at the beginning the season when most other perennials are not yet ready to bloom. When moved to a shadier spot, the pale spikes were transformed into glowing baby pink candles. Another striking feature is its multi lobed olive foliage painted black along its mid ribs. The visual detail of this plant when it is not in bloom is dramatic.

A bonus is the fact that Tiarella Spring Symphony flowers longer than most other plants. Although it is sold as a spring perennial, its initial bloom period can span an entire month and, if deadheaded, it may continue to re bloom until August. This is of enormous significance to flower bed designers.

In my test garden, the plant has proven to be a very reliable work horse in spite of its diminutive size. The foliage mounds up to only 6 inches in height while the flowering spikes add another 10 inches. The plant has stood up to excessive heat, blazing sun, and very cold winters. I have even planted it in dryish soil that was totally inappropriate and it didn't complain. Best yet, T. Spring Symphony, also recommended as a ground cover, doesn’t spread. This variety of Tiarella is neat and compact. Each mature mound will displace only 10 inches in diameter. For that reason, some gardeners prefer to plant Spring Symphony is compositions of three. When I used it in a collage, I planted only one but made certain to repeat it three times across the span of my design.

Adding this plant to a shade garden composition is like turning on a lamp in a dark room. I can only imagine how it will perform if used as ground cover.

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Reader Comments (4)

Allan I just love Tiarella. I have Spring Symphony and it is just a beautiful flower in my shady spring garden. The blooms on them last for weeks too which is a plus in the spring to brighten up the shade. Mine was just loaded with blooms this spring and it never disappoints me in the garden.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLona

I don't have any tiarellias, but those pictures you show are lovely. Early bloomers are always appreciated around here!

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVW

Interesting you should write about this tulip, just received my two bulb catalogs which I order from. I will make note of this one. I just bought a Heucharella (Stoplight)which is a cross of a heuchera and tiarella, a little more robust then the tiarella. I think they bloom longer.

Eileen

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGatsbys Gardens

-Dior Sneakers for cheap When can a very short, pale flower make us stop for a second glance? When that plant is Tiarella Spring Symphony!

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