Thursday, June 9, 2011

Polemonium reptans 'Touch of Class'...

is a wonderful new Jacob's Ladder hybrid that I added to my Shade Path garden last fall. 

It's main attraction is its white-rimmed leaves, though its blooms are dainty and attractive also.
I like having it sited in the area of this garden that has white highlights. The white stripped hosta...
and the white bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis alba) help its coloring to stand out to my eye. 
It will go dormant for the heat of the summer, but a few large foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) or hosta will cover it up in no time.

It's flowers are rather smaller than the common Jacob's Ladder (see it on the Shade Path also).
Perhaps you would enjoy giving it a try this year too!
See more of the Shade Path and its June succession of foxgloves.


  1. Hi Julie
    Quite an unusual looking Polemonium, very delicate, and not a species I'm familiar with.
    I have a variety that has naturalized in the past decade, which is very unusual for my dry Northern California garden. It blooms like mad in pink and blue very early in the season, so I love it lots!
    Cheers, and glad to find you on Blotanical,
    aka Bay Area Tendrils / Alice's Garden Travel Buzz

  2. I like those flowers! (ones in the first picture) I've never seen those before, but they are really delicate!

  3. Looking forward to visiting your gardens Monday... *smile* Ruth

  4. I bought 'Touch of Class' last year and I've been very happy with it. Great photos!

  5. I planted 3 just last week! Looks pretty cool.

  6. I'll have to give this a try - love the delicate look!

  7. I like this native variegated dwarf Jacob's ladder too. It is much whiter than 'Stairway to Heaven', which is cream.

  8. I have just one, but it does pretty well in my shade, which has been a real problem area in the garden.


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