Education  |  March 27th, 2014

Plant for That: SPRING Combinations Part 2 | Kinghorn Gardens

Last week our Plant for That Posting announced the season of spring with a plant combination that needs some additional attention. Once the Virginia Bluebells go into dormancy we need other companions to surface as we head into late spring and summer. Following are the extra additions:

Phlox divaricata – Woodland Phlox

This plant picks up once the ephemerals subside into dormancy. Blooming from May into June with violet/blue flowers. The stems rise up to 12-15 inches tall and the plant forms large colonies over time. A wonderful contribution to this naturalistic combo, and a great addition as an effective cover for early spring bulbs as their foliage cures back for the season.

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Winky Series’ – Winky Columbine

This particular columbine produces an abundance of upward facing flowers in a collective mix of blue, red, pink, white and yellow. The flowers extend 15-18 inches above a compact mound of leaves. Blooming later in the season than most other columbines from late spring into summer.

Actaea simplex – Bugbane

A lacy perennial that extends the flowering season into August and September. Once established, its overall size can grow up to 4 feet tall. The white, fragrant flowers appear in fluffy bottle brush like racemes on wiry stems. The late summer blooms are punctuation marks of interest as they dance  into fall in a dramatic way.

A naturalistic, woodland planting now poised to bring seasonal interest and delight from early spring into fall. With experience, a little planning and some thought we certainly have Plants for all of That.

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