There are spots in all gardens that simply have trouble growing beautiful flowers. Either it's too shady or regularly sopping wet, you might think you'll have to settle for an eyesore. However, there's no reason to despair as Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans) is looking for those conditions exactly! With an appearance that seems more at home in a fairy tale woodland, Jacob's Ladder has the perfect amount of whimsical and practicality for any garden!
Jacob's Ladder gets its name from the symmetrical position of its deep green leaves. Some say they resemble the ladder to heaven in the biblical Jacob's dream. The leaves sprout densely from stems and create a mounded look. The density of these narrow leaves makes Jacob's Ladder look almost fern-like.
Leaves aside though, the true beauty of this plant is the bell-shaped flowers that bloom in the late spring and continue into the summer. The color seems to change depending on the light going from a light sky blue to a pretty soft light purple. The blossoms form on stems that make it seem as though the flowers are floating atop a green cloud.
Wet soil is a Jacob's Ladder's best friend. Not only does it appreciate moist soils, but it can also tolerate some shade relatively well. It thrives best when planted in well-draining soil and has a moderate moisture requirement. This is the kind of bush you can plant and forget about until it sprouts its beautiful flowers!
Finding a place for Jacob's Ladder in your garden will be a breeze. It makes for a fantastic border specimen or a lovely accent plant. If there's a spot in your garden that is just a bit too wet for other plants, this bush will excel!
You may want to plant this beauty somewhere it can be seen easily though so you can witness the fluttering spectacle that will visit your garden come spring. Pollinators like butterflies will flock to Jacob's Ladder in search of a tasty snack and a place to rest their wings.
Dreamy violet-blue bell-shaped flowers and symmetrical fern-like leaves are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing qualities of this plant. Jacob's Ladder is the easy to grow solution to slightly wet soils that'll take your garden to the next level. Order one today!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Polemonium reptans|
|Mature Height||12 - 18 inches|
|Mature Spread||12 - 18 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Pruning Time||Late Autumn|