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Clouds in the Garden

Flashback 2010

I know this spring has been stormy and cold. However, I’m not writing about the weather; I’m enjoying my “clouds” in full bloom in my entry garden.

Saxifraga cloud

Out of the variegated foliage, a significant drift of Saxifraga London’s Pride (Saxifrage x urbium ‘Variegata’) shoots up long stems covered in tiny white flowers. I planted this perennial on top of a rock wall in the shade of a plum tree. It took over the top of the wall and cascaded handsomely down the side.

Saxifraga cloud

This plant is a favorite perennial for me; its fantastic foliage looks great all year round. In late spring, drifts of tiny flowers appear over the leaves, textural contrast to the Hosta ‘Stained Glass’ and Primula viallii nearby. This entry garden contains a fun combination of foliage and flowers that ushers in summer. After the flowers finish, I pick the stalks with my hands, and the brittle stems break cleanly off the rosette. The foliage is enjoyable the rest of the year.

Saxifraga cloud

Learn more about this succulent plant in our Plant Gallery and Growing Guide.

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