Tiarella Pink Skyrocket

Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ (foamflower) has long lasting flower spikes of pretty pink and white. This perennial flourishes in the shade, flowering well without much direct light. The leaves have dark patterns on them for added drama.

Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket' (foam flower) spikes
Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ (foam flower) spikes

The eye-catching flowers are the most attractive trait of these plants. The picture above shows how they got their name, ‘Pink Skyrocket’. They range from white to pink along the flower stems, darkening at the tips, mainly because the unopened buds at the top are a bright pink. Although these foamflower plants were added this summer, they’ve had a long blooming time already. I’ll know the natural flowering period next year, but so far they have been in flowers for over 10 weeks. The photo above is from earlier in the month, but even after the first frosts, and into the beginning of October, the flowers continue to decorate the garden.

Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket' (foam flower) leaves
Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ (foam flower) leaves

The leaves of Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ are a good size and deeply cut between lobes, giving a lacy appearance. Though you can see in the picture above that this foamflower forms a thick cover.  There are dark marks along the centres of each lobe, giving extra interest to the foliage. I have some of these perennials next to some silver leafed Pulmonaria, and they show up well against the light coloured background. The silver grey colour of the Pulmonaria contrasts with the darker leaf colour of this Tiarella. They also make a good background to show off the pink flower spikes.

Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket' (foam flower) and Pulmonaria
Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ (foam flower) and Pulmonaria

On the other side of the Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’, there are some Campanula poscharskyana (Serbian bellflower) with blue bell shaped flowers that coordinate wonderfully with the pink blooms of the Tiarella. Then along past the Pulmonaria are some Campanula cochlearifolia with small blue bells. I love the pink and white exclamation points mixed between the delicate blue bells of the Campanula in this border.

The foliage on ‘Pink Skyrocket’ is about 15 cm (6 inches) tall, and the flowers about 40 cm (15 inches) tall. This Tiarella is supposed to form clumps, rather than running like some do. The dense foliage on the plants makes a good groundcover, and allows them to suppress weeds.

Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket' (foam flower) blooms
Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ (foam flower) blooms

I’ve been planting more Tiarella and Heucherella this summer, since I really appreciate their terrific combination of pretty, long blooming flowers, decorative leaves and shade tolerance. Here is an article from earlier this summer about a garden border with pink flowered Heucherella ‘Tapestry’ (foamy bells), a cross between Heuchera and Tiarella. I’ve been very pleased with any of the garden beds that I’ve added them to. Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ has some of the nicest flowers of the ones I’ve tried. The closeup picture below shows the starry effect of the flower wands. You can read and see more Tiarella photos in  this article. Also, you can read about other Tiarella, their shade tolerance, and hardiness. Here is  a detailed article of 7 different Tiarella that I grow.

Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket' (foam flower) in front of Pulmonaria
Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ (foam flower) in front of Pulmonaria

19 thoughts on “Tiarella Pink Skyrocket”

  1. Hi Northern, Your ‘Pink Skyrocket’ is gorgeous. I have a Tiarella, whose name escapes me right now, and in this, its second year, it bloomed in early July and lasted for most of the summer. I didn’t give it any special treatment over the winter and it was in a shady spot with little direct light. I moved it to a spot with a little more light so we will see how it does next year. Don’t you just love those starry flowers!

  2. Tiarellas are one of my favourite shade plants…not only do they look after themselves (very undemanding plants), but those beautiful delicate blossoms just go on and on. My Tiarella wherryi is still a cloud of white and is delicately fragrant as well. It seems to send out wafts of scent when I’m working by it!

    1. Judith, I’ve grown to greatly admire these perennials this year. The flowers show off well, and they extend the shade garden interest well beyond the early rush of spring blooms that are typical for shade plants.

      Marit, the vertical pink blossoms of the Tiarellas make a nice partner for the blue bell-shaped flowers of the surrounding Campanula.

  3. Very pretty. I am surprised to hear they flowered for such a long period. I will certainly be looking for this plant next year at the nursery. I have the species, spreading version, (name escapes me) that I love to use to fill in difficult areas. Do you know if this tiarella clumps or spreads?

    1. Patty, the long flowering time is super, since they are such pretty blooms. ‘Pink Skyrocket’ is supposed to clump, but I’ve only had it for this season, so I haven’t personally checked this out.

    1. Rebecca, they still have flowers on them, even after the first few frosts, so I’m enjoying them in the garden now in October. I recently got some more Tiarella to put into an expansion of my front garden.

  4. Tiarellas are so beautiful.. I like the leaves, the plant I have is dark red and a very light green on the leaves, so fantastic and beautiful.. little like yours, and on top of that comes the pink flowers..
    Have a nice day.. /Moa

    1. Moa, I like the ones with leaf patterns, too. Leaves with a little decoration and shape stand out in the garden, so it’s not just a sea of small green leaves. I also have some of this Tiarella in front of a tall Actaea (goatsbeard) plant, and next to some Astilbe. The texture of Pink Skyrocket looks good next to the feathery Astilbe.

  5. Very, very lovely tiarella!
    I wonder, this conifer needles under plants, is this just fallen there or mulch added on purpose? Here few weeks ago all pines made 3rd year needles yellow and big storm after that brought them down. But I am little bit afraid to use them as mulch, aren’t they too acidic?

    1. Köögikata, this is a very showy Tiarella.

      My front garden is underneath some large conifers, so there are lots of pine and spruce needles that fall directly onto the garden. I leave them there as mulch, and I haven’t noticed any problems. It is a woodland type garden, so I leave the cones, scales and leaves that blow in there. I suppose there might be plants that are sensitive to it, but all mine seem to do well. I have one pine in the back garden, so that garden gets fewer needles.

    1. Lythrum, there a tall trees around my house, so most of my borders end up being shade gardens. I just extended a garden bed under some evergreens today, and added another type of Tiarella and some Heuchera. I ran out of time to transplant some Brunnera, but I hope to finish it tomorrow.

  6. NS, I so love tiarella! It must be that they’re new, that they’re blooming now. They are some of the first to bloom in the spring, here. You are the recipient of a serendipitous bonus! :-) (Just a little jealous, down here.) ha.

    1. Shady Gardener, I’ve been very pleased at how long blooming these Tiarella are. ‘Pink Skyrocket’ seems to be a reblooming cultivar, and has been in flower for almost 3 months now.
      I have been smitten by these wonderful perennials this year, and have been adding different ones to many of the garden beds. They fit in nicely with any of my shady borders.

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