Thursday, 28 June 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Jacob's Ladder

Description:  Jacob's ladder is a favorite native plant for shady spots. It has long handsome leaves, sometimes variegated, with a ladder-like arrangement of leaflets. Heavy clusters of clear lavender blue, pink, yellow, or white flowers with conspicuous stamens nod atop slender stems. Jacob's ladder is a winner in sunny or lightly shaded beds and borders as well as in native plant gardens.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: Late spring - Summer

Height: 1 -3 feet

Spacing:  12''

Sun Needs: Sun to part shade

Water Needs: Average.  Well-drained soil is a must.

Outstanding Features: Attractive foliage, can handle various conditions.

Uses: Cut flower garden, cottage garden, shade garden, boarders.

Tips: Jacob's ladder flowers work well in a shade garden (with dappled sun) or semi-shady border. They are often grown together with such shade loving plants as hosta, lungwort (Pulmonaria), columbine, bleeding heart, impatiens and Brunnera.

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