Saturday, April 24th, 2010
I’ve been branching out (sorry) to explore some new territory in the woodland garden, these days. I’m not quite sure why this sudden interest in shade-loving plants. Over 98% of my current garden grows in full sun. Barely a nook of dappled shade to be found. Another example of a human foolishly yearning after the opposite of what she has.
Yup, that’s me. The brunette wishing she were blonde.
Anyway, Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum hybridum) isn’t exactly an exotic or rare shade plant, but for some reason we’ve only just recently become acquainted. Here’s what I love about it:
What I love about Solomon’s Seal
It’s really easy to grow. Once established, it’s also easy to divide into more plants.
It has whimsical little flowers. They hang like strings of beautiful little oval-shaped pearls, blooming in spring through to early summer.
It has interesting foliage. The lush green foliage arches on tall stems that add some nice height over lower growing woodland plants. It grows up to 3 feet tall.
It’s a key player in shade. It makes a wonderful planting companion for other popular woodland perennials such as Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart), Aquilegia (columbine), and blue leafed hostas. It’s also a great plant for growing under trees in a place that gets both sun and partial shade.
Because I have no shade, my Solomon’s seal is planted in a huge wine barrel which sits under the eave in my carport, along with a maidenhair fern, sweet woodruff and a large hosta. It’s thriving and is currently rewarding me with those lovely, delicate, little white flowers.
I can’t believe I waited this long to get one.
What do you like to see growing in the shade? Is Solomon’s seal part of your woodland garden? Do you have a favourite shade plant that you absolutely can’t live without?