Looking to add some sparkle to your shade garden? Foamflower (Tiarella) grows contentedly in part to full shade, with the perk of twinkling flowers in late spring. The blooms start as spikes of pearly baubles that open to a shimmering cloud of delicate starry white. Even better is the mounding foliage of lobed leaves with dramatic burgundy veins – a satisfying colour combination with various purple shaded coral bells (Heuchera). Foamflower has been crossed with coral bells to create foamy bells (Heucherella), which is also an enchanting option for shade. Being a woodland native, foamflower thrives in rich moist soil, but has adapted to drier conditions in my garden. Though it spreads by runners, it is not aggressive, so easy to snip back if you’d rather. This is also a useful perennial for hiding browning bulb foliage.
Technical stuff – Foamflower/Tiarella, hardy perennial to zone 3-5 depending on cultivar, height of 6-12”, spread of 12-24”, part to full shade, blooms late spring, most popular Tiarella cordifolia.