All of a sudden this June the dwarf goatsbeard has bulked up into a rich green mound, and is blooming in miniature arching white sprays. Who knew it was ever going to look this good?
I dug up one of the clumps as it outgrew its space this spring. I didn't know where to put it, so it went in a pot, and now I really like the round ferny mound, sitting in a corner of the porch.
It gets almost no sunshine inside, so it is not as floriferous as the outdoor goatsbeard, but the little sprays of white are nice. The whole pot anchors an empty corner of the porch.
Another surprise this year has been the maturing drift of tiarella plants --- foamflower, which is still blooming, after 10 weeks. These low mounds sent up a river of pinky white starry candles in April and amazingly they are still going strong, still foamy and full as we enter the last weeks of June.
As a stand of amsonia bulks up, the foamflowers have to assert themselves below it, but they are well established now, and they just keep on keeping on. What a blooming machine.
The clematis I planted three years ago is a big spray of foliage and white flowers this year, and it completely covers its support pyramid. It is a viticella clematis, called 'Alba Luxurians'.
I moved it in year two, and that set it back, but now, matured and settled in its new spot by the patio wall, it is a fine thing. Each bloom is shaped like a limp handkerchief with a splash of green. Interesting, but individual blooms are not big and are more droopy than showy. But what a tower of flowers.
All these white flowered plants underwhelmed or got a slow start, and their small blooms will never wow you. But each has been such a nice surprise this year, finally.
Am I a patient gardener or what?