From the E-Newsletter:
Well, it's that time of year and I can't resist highlighting
one of my favourite groups for the fall season: the
toadlilies or Tricyrtis. Despite their not so
complimentary name (apologies to any toad lovers out
there) they are exquisite plants for shade and part
shade gardens. They have lush green foliage that is
often spotted or subtley variegated on elegantly arching
stems from 1 to 4 feet tall. But what is most beguiling
about the toadlilies are their incredibly detailed orchid
or star-like flowers. The most common cultivars available
are usually white with varying degrees of mauve, lavender
and purple spots, though there are also yellow and blue
flowers available. The other wonderful thing about toadies
is that they bloom in late summer and fall when few
other plants are available to add colour to the shade
garden. In fact, many cultivars will bloom constantly
until November when frost sends them into dormancy.
Tricyrtis are native to Korea, Japan and China
and are part of the lily family, the Liliaceae. They
are easy to care for and hardy to at least zone 6. They
are best grown in evenly moist soil rich in organic
matter and in light shade. They make wonderful companions
to hostas, hellebores, brunneras, erythroniums and woodland
Here are some images of toadlilies currently in bloom
Tricyrtis 'Dark Beauty'
Tricyrtis hirta 'Tojen'
Tricyrtis hirta 'Variegata'
Tricyrtis 'Raspberry Mousse'
Tricyrtis hybrid from Blue Haven Nursery
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