This Month's Featured Plant
Our favorite spring wildflower combination is trillium, wild blue phlox, celandine poppy, and foamflower. Hands down. You just can’t beat this for shade and reasonably good soil. Bent trillium , this month’s featured plant, is the easiest, fastest, and longest-lived of our trilliums. It has creamy white flowers and quickly (for a trillium) makes sizeable clumps. Combine it with fragrant blue phlox, golden yellow poppies, and puffy white foamflowers, and your garden will sparkle. In masses, it will be breathtaking.
Fall weather in east Tennessee is beautiful and perfect for doing just about anything outdoors. We have dry days, crystal clear blue skies, and cool nights. This is when we should be planting perennials in zones 7a and south. Plants are going dormant for the winter, while soil and air temperatures are just right for establishing strong roots for the following year. If you plant your spring wildflowers now, they will wake up at the right time for you next spring. There are some spring bloomers that we cannot ship in the spring when they are up and flowering because they are too fragile or they may be tender in a cooler climate; Trillium, Jack in the pulpit, Virginia bluebells, and cobra lily to name a few. And for others like celandine poppy, columbine, and foamflower, their flowers would be damaged in transit, so we always have to chop those off before shipping. Bottom line, you will be happier with spring bloomers if you plant them now.
Good companions for bent trillium
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