Foamflowers: A Whimsical Addition
This native perennial wildflower appears as thick, dense mounds of lush evergreen foliage in clumps spanning between 1-3 feet in width. Foliage boasts glossy, maple-like leaves with between 3-9 lobes in different hues of greens. These leaves can be feathered with red or purple veins and may take on a bronze or golden hue during colder months. Come springtime, clusters of small, star-shaped florets in shades of white and pink blossom from leafless stalks extending above the foliage bedding. Blooming foamflowers produce large quantities of blossoms clustered on each stem reaching heights between 6-12 inches tall. These masses of wispy, airy flowers daintily adorn their rich and vibrant foliage bedding. This spring-time display creates a whimsical frothed appearance above the foliage mat that gives the tiarella plant the name of the foam flower.
Blossoms are not only picturesquely beautiful but also produce a pleasant, aromatic fragrance.
Foamflowers can proliferate and spread quickly over time, spreading by sending out runners to fill in open spaces that were quickly taking root in the soil. They fare well in hardy planting zones 3-9 and are relatively low-maintenance. Foamflowers flourish in nutrient-rich, moist soil with sufficient drainage and adequate shade. A few morning hours of sunlight in partial shade is ideal, but the foamflower can thrive in full shade as well.
The foamflower has many versatile uses in landscaping.
The foamflower’s evergreen foliage and lower height make it an ideal form of visually appealing ground cover throughout the year, especially in woodland gardens. Foamflower can also be used as edging in shaded areas around the yard and is well suited for container gardening. The resilience of the foamflower makes it a suitable and attractive accompaniment to rock gardens although it may not spread as quickly with the additional challenge of runners taking root in the soil below the rocks. Foamflowers can make excellent companions to other shade-loving plants to create a uniquely enchanting landscape arrangement.