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7 Different Types of Snow in Summer Flowers

Enjoy the beauty of winter all year round with the different types of Snow in Summer flowers that will cover your garden with snow-like silvery-white flowers with their summer-like green leaves.

Snow in summer flowers in a garden

The scientific name for this herbaceous perennial is Cerastium tomentosum. The name comes from the Greek word ‘keras’ which means horn. Horn, in this context, is used to refer to the seed capsule of the plant. It is slightly bent, and so it resembles a cow’s horn. Other common names for this plant are Silver Carpet, Mouse Ear and Chickweed.

Features of the Snow in Summer Plant
Snow in summer flowers and bright green foliage

This perennial plant has silvery, white-colored flowers that appear in early summer or late spring, which are the blooming seasons for this plant. The flowers look like a mounded pile of snow when they are in full bloom, and that is where the plant gets its name from. The grayish-green leaves give the snow in summer plant a very fresh look. All year-round, the plant retains this beautiful color. Overall, even though the size of the white blooms is very small, they give a stunning look to any garden because of their brilliant color.

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 inches approximately and spreads 23 to 29 inches. It is best if it is grown in an area where there is little to no foot traffic to ensure that the plant has an undisturbed space where it can grow. Adding to that, the silver carpet has a speedy growth rate. This evergreen plant is deer resistant and drought-tolerant too.

Cultivation of the Snow in Summer Plant

The USDA zones for this plant are 3 to 7. It needs full sun exposure in order to grow healthy. The soil should be normal, sandy, or clayey, and the soil type can be neutral, alkaline, or acidic. In addition to that, the soil should be kept dry at most times and so care should be taken when watering this plant. Overwatering can be quite an issue since it can cause the roots of the snow in summer plant to rot. All in all, this is a low maintenance plant that is native to Western Asia and Europe.

The method of propagation that should be used for new plants is seeds. The seeds should either be sown directly in a garden or should be started indoors around five weeks before the last frost date. Only till the period of germination should the soil be kept moist. After the germination period is over, the soil should be allowed to dry up. The plants should ideally be spaced 12 to 24 inches apart so that there is enough room for the roots to grow and so that air circulation can also happen.

This plant can become invasive at times due to its ability to reseed. In order to keep the plant healthy, a high-nitrogen fertilizer should be used at the time of planting. Once the flowers bloom, a phosphorus fertilizer should ideally be used. Regular trimming is highly recommended for this plant. It ensures that the foliage remains compact. It also ensures that the plant looks healthy and fresh at all times.

In addition to that, this is a short-lived plant that begins to die out if care isn’t taken. It does not have any serious insect or disease problems. However, if the soil is not well-drained or is kept wet for a long time, root rot can be quite an issue.

Uses of the Snow in Summer Plant

This plant can best be put to use in accents, borders, and containers. It is also used as ground cover or for edging. Most people use this plant in rock gardens to add to the look of their garden.

Types of Snow in Summer Flowers

There are many varieties of snow in summer. A few of them have been listed below.

Melaleuca linariifolia
Melaleuca linariifolia; a variety of the snow in summer plant

This variety is native to Eastern Australia. It reaches an approximate height of 32 feet and spreads around 44 feet. Other common names for this variety include Flaxleaf Paperback and Cajeput tree. The growth rate of this variety is approximately 36 inches per year. Melaleuca linariifolia has grayish-green leaves along with showy flowers that are white in color and give off a beautiful fragrance. These flowers appear in late spring and summer, which are the flowering seasons for this plant.

In addition to that, this plant is hardy in USDA zone 10. It does well in full sun or partial shade. It is drought tolerant and can thrive in wet to dry soil. Soil with a loamy or sandy texture is ideal for this plant. However, a downside to this variety is that it has a high chance of contracting diseases like chlorosis and root rot.

Melaleuca decora
Melaleuca decora; a variety of the snow in summer plant

This variety grows to a height of approximately 7 meters. The leaves are narrow, elliptic and are typically around 18 mm long. The flowers are pure white in color and show up on flower spikes that are 2 to 9 cm long. The flowering season for this plant is the summer. Heavy soils are ideal for the growth of this plant, mostly in coastal areas. It is best if the soil is well-drained to ensure healthy growth. The leaves of this variety are light green and measure approximately 1.5 cm.

The name of this species comes from the Latin word ‘décor,’ which means elegance. This word mainly refers to the appearance of the plant. The ideal method for propagation of this variety is through seeds and cuttings. This plant is native to Australia and is more commonly known as white feather honey myrtle.

Spiraea cantoniensis
Spiraea cantoniensis; a variety of the snow in summer plant

Other common names for this variety include Reeves Spirea and Bridal Wreath Spirea. This is a drought and heat tolerant variety that should ideally be pruned after flowering so that it remains healthy and fresh. Adding to that, this variety is deer-resistant and attracts a lot of butterflies.

The flower color of this variety is pearl white, and the flowering months for this plant are August, September, and October. During these months, this plant is in full bloom and looks the healthiest. The leaves are bright green in color and are very eye-catching.

Spiraea cantoniensis ideally needs full sun to grow. It has average water requirements, which makes this plant easy to maintain. Care should be taken to not overwater the plant as that can cause a lot of problems, especially when it comes to root rot. This variety of the snow in summer plant has its origins in China.

Philadelphus
Philadelphus; a variety of the snow in summer plant

This plant is an ornamental shrub that is relatively low maintenance. It has a sweet scent like that of oranges. It is a reasonably low maintenance variety that comes from Southeast Europe. It has a straight upward growing habit and typically grows to a height of 150 to 400 cm. Its width is approximately 80 to 120 cm. The flowers are pure white in color and the flowering season is from May till July. In this season, the plant looks the healthiest.

The leaves are different shades of green and yellow. For the ideal growth of this plant, care should be taken to plant it in soil that is moist and fertile. It should be humus rich so that the plant can get all the nutrients that it needs to grow healthy. A space of 50 to 70 cm should be left between the plants when growing them in order to ensure that the roots have enough space to grow and so that air circulation is not an issue either. The rate of growth of this plant is very fast. In no time, the plant reaches its maximum growth capacity. The Philadelphus variety of the snow in summer plants looks good in a variety of different garden styles.

Iberis sempervirensIberis sempervirens; a variety of the snow in summer plant

This variety is more commonly referred to as candytuft. It is an herbaceous perennial that is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8. It typically grows to a height of 0.5 to 1 feet and spreads 0.5 to 1.5 feet. The flowers of this variety are a beautiful white color and they bloom from April to May. The foliage is a lovely deep green that makes the plant look really fresh at all times.

For the ideal growth of this variety, full sun exposure is needed. It is a medium maintenance variety owing to the fact that it has average water requirements. The plant is used best as ground cover. It attracts a lot of butterflies and bees and is drought tolerant. It is also resistant to rabbit and deer.

The plant gets its name from the Greek word ‘iberis,’ which means “plant from Iberia.” A few problems that might occur with this plant if it’s not taken care of properly are crown rot and club rot. These issues can eventually lead to the stunted growth of this plant. Other problems include fungal spots, powdery mildew, downy mildew, and rust. It is best if this variety is grown in an area where there is little to no foot traffic to ensure that the plant has undisturbed growth. It takes around 2 to 5 years for this variety to reach its maximum height.

Lobularia maritimaLobularia maritima; a variety of the snow in summer plant

This variety is a small herbaceous perennial that is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9 and typically grows to a height of 4 inches. Along with its height, it spreads approximately 1 inch. The ideal growing conditions for this variety are full sun and moist soil. The soil should be well-drained to ensure that the plant grows healthy and is safe from any sorts of problems. In addition to that, the ideal propagation method for this plant is by seeds. It has a medium growth rate.

The leaves of this variety are medium green in color, and the flowers are pure white. This variety also bears fruit, but that fruit does not have any ornamental significance. In addition to that, the flowers bloom in the time period between April and June, which is the flowering season for this plant. It is a medium maintenance variety that does not really need elaborate care to grow to become healthy.

Apart from that, this plant does not have any serious insect or disease problems. Damping can pose to be a slight problem, but only with seedlings. The genus name of this plant comes from the Latin word ‘lobulus,’ which means small pod. This variety can best be put to use in border fronts or rock gardens. It is often also used for edging and bedding.

Raphiolepis indicaRaphiolepis indica; a variety of the snow in summer plant

The common name for this variety is Indian hawthorn. Its USDA hardiness zones are 8 to 10. The flowers are a beautiful white color that bloom in March, which is the blooming season for this variety. The leaves are bright green in color. This plant can grow well in full sun to partial shade. Where the soil is concerned, this variety can grow in any type of soil given that it is not highly alkaline. In addition to that, this plant is drought tolerant.

Pruning is required to keep this plant looking healthy and fresh. The best propagation method for Raphiolepis indica is through seeds. It is prone to a few diseases that it might get due to the moist and cool weather. These are bacterial leaf spots and aphids. Moreover, this plant grows at a very slow pace.

 

All in all, all varieties of snow in summer plants are very pretty. They all have white blooms, as the name suggests, and all of them can lift up the look of any garden that they are planted in. The bright green leaves give a very beautiful contrast to the white blooms. Some varieties are also fragrant, and so, having this plant in any garden will not only make your garden eye-catching but will also give it a very wonderful feeling.




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