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Snow In Summer Plant Care – Reasons For No Flowers On Snow In Summer Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you have no flowers on snow in summer plant, you might just need to fertilize or consider a site change to optimize the plant's lighting and soil needs. Find out more about non-flowering snow in summer plants in this article.


Tips & Information about Snow In Summer - garden

Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Poor Soil Quality Average Soil Quality Fertile Soil Quality

Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0) Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)

Deer Resistant Rabbit Resistant

Patio Container Eclectic Rock Garden

Border Plant Container Drought Tolerant Ground Cover

Not Native to North America

Cerastium should be planted in full sun and poor, well-drained soil. When grown in moist, rich soil, it will spread very rapidly and be hard to contain. The foliage should be trimmed back after the plant is finished blooming to promote more compact growth. It may divided any time during the growing season.


9 Water Saving Groundcovers

Our homes are a reflection of ourselves whether full of color and vitality or simple and manicured. A question I get often is “what should I use as a groundcover for my yard?” Well let’s start by discussing what groundcover is in regards to our yards.

Ground cover is traditionally plants that are low growing plants used for keeping weeds from gardens and yards. They also create nice looking filler between plants and some are flowering too.

Some people consider ground covering to also be bark, stones, or any other material that will cover the soil to save water and block weeds. The rest of this post we will focus on plants that not only serve as a groundcover, but also require very little water.

1. Myoporum parvifolium is an evergreen, perennial ground cover native to Australia that grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Here on the west coast it has fast become the favorite of many homeowners.

2. Lantana montevidensis makes an excellent mat-forming ground cover in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 though 10. The plant produces small, tight clusters of showy flowers and spreads or trails up to 10 feet.

3. Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' is a hardy, fast-growing evergreen shrub, creeping rosemary has a prostrate habit and attractive flowers and fragrance. Dark green leaves, to 2 inches long, are rich in aromatic oils and commonly used as a culinary herb. This plant is loved for its strong pinelike flavor and fragrance.

4. Sedum are a great choice for their distinctive colors and come in a many shapes and sizes from upright varieties to groundcovers. Star-shaped flowers are usually in clusters or sprays that often change color throughout their bloom time. Stonecrop enjoys full sun, but will tolerate some shade.

5. Wooly Thyme is one of the more hardy herbs perfect for hot sunny locations. Once established, it tolerates dry conditions and spreads slowly, eventually creating a thick mat of foliage. In summer the plant adds a bonus and produces sweet little pink to purple flowers.

6. Damianita “Chrysactinia Mexicana” is a 1-2 ft., bushy, low-growing, aromatic, evergreen shrub with stems rising in a mounded or bouquet form from a woody base. Damianita daisy, is a species of flowering plants in the sunflower family, native to Mexico and to the southwestern United States.

7. Moss phlox is a dense ground cover blanketed with notch-petaled flowers in Spring. Blooms can be white, pinks, and blues. Evergreen foliage is narrow, short, and stiff. Darker-flowered forms have dark-green leaves or red-tinged leaves that darken to burgundy in winter.

8. Cerastium tomentosum or "snow in summer" provides great color contrast when used near plants with darker green leaves. White flowers appear in late spring on into early summer. This drought tolerant perennial is a favorite in gardeners who live in the cooler zones of 3 to 7. This attractive ground cover does best in full sun, but can handle some light shade.

9. Hedera helix 'Needlepoint' Ivy brings a delicate, rich green leaf with thin, pointed tips that trails and accents beds, borders and baskets. This perennial’s trailing and mounding growth habit, drought tolerance and attractive green leaves makes this a great choice for landscape and mass plantings for ground cover!

This list is a very short list of available groundcovers so visiting your local Home Depot will give you a better idea what is available in your area.


Tracking Snow Mold Triggers

While all lawns in areas that experience cold winters can develop snow mold, certain factors can put your grass at increased risk:

  • When an early snow occurs, it melts quickly because the before the ground is still relatively warm. This traps moisture at the soil’s surface, keeping grass soggy and cold and creating the perfect environment for snow mold to start growing.
  • Dry fallen leaves on the ground create a soggy blanket of organic matter as they begin to decompose. This allows snow mold fungi to get a foothold.
  • Like fallen leaves, grass left long in fall provides a blanket of organic matter on the surface of the soil, keeping it soggy and creating a breeding ground where fungi can thrive.
  • Low areas in the lawn that hold water are prime locations for snow mold. Constant wetness is one of the ingredients snow mold needs to develop.
  • Snow drifts or large piles created by shoveling your driveway and sidewalks increase the risk of snow mold. In spring, these drifts and piles melt more slowly, saturating the soil beneath—the perfect environment for snow mold.
  • Fertilizing the lawn in late fall spurs grass growth, but if applied in the six weeks before a heavy snow or freeze, grass may still be green when it should be dormant. When green grass freezes or is blanketed with snow, the blades become soft and mushy, increasing the risk of mold development.
  • Established lawns with heavy thatch (a thick layer of dead grass that settles at ground level) are prone to snow mold. Thatch keeps the soil from drying out and also supplies an abundance of organic matter where snow mold can develop.


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  • Botanical Name: Cerastium tomentosum
  • Height: 3 - 6 Inches
  • Spacing: 12-18"
  • Depth: 2-3"
  • Spread: 3/4 - 1"
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Color: White with yellow stamens
  • Size: Potted
  • Blooms: Late Spring
  • Zone: 3-7
  • Form: Perennial
  • Flower Form: Small star-shaped flowers with 5 petals but appears as if there are 10 because they are deeply divided.
  • Soil Requirements: Dry Soil
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast.
  • Pruning: Plants will self-seed if spent blooms are not removed. Best to shear off flower stems after bloom to prevent self-seeding, reduce future foliage decline. Divide every year to maintain compact size.
  • Foliage: Narrow, gray-green leaves 1" long and 1/4" wide. Leaves are evergreen.

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Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

2020 Fall Shipping Schedule
ZONE Perennials, Bulbs & Flowers
1A-4B 9/9 - 10/30
5A & 5B 9/9 - 10/30
6A & 6B 9/9 - 10/30
7A & 7B 9/9 - 10/30
8A & 8B 9/9 - 10/30
9A-10B 9/9 - 10/30
Last Order Date All Grow Zones: Oct 26, 2020

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

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