Hello Shady Characters!

I'm really excited by a number of different shade plants currently on offer at the nursery and I wanted to share some of them with you. Here are ten of my favourites currently available.

Enjoy the images and information. And if you feel the plant lust welling up in your heart, then maybe we'll see you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Ten Unforgettable Shade Plants
for the Spring Garden

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' is a spectacular hybrid of several Asian mayapples boasting large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves that emerge muted chartreuse green with dramatic chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. By summer the leaves are green with lightly spotted areas. Huge garnet-coloured flowers are found under the leaves in clusters of five or more. This form was selected for its colouring, improved late spring frost tolerance, vigour, and habit. Podophyllum delavayi - Mayapple - This Chinese mayapple is one of most exciting shade perennials. Fuzzy umbrellas emerge with dark snakeskin markings, often on a red background, changing to a patterned green. Mature leaves develop deep, notched serrations. Flowers can be red, pink, or white and are followed by apricot coloured fruit. Also called P. veitchii or Dysosma veitchii.
Meconopsis 'Lingholm' - Blue Poppy - One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. 'Lingholm' is a hybrid group between M. betonicifolia and M. grandis. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue and sometimes with purple flushes in young petals. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light. Prefers regions with cool summers and resents heat and humidity. Mukdenia rossii 'Karasuba' - Mukdenia - This valuable yet relatively little known Asian perennial is great as a ground cover or specimen plant in partial shade. In early spring, branched stalks of small, white (sometimes pink), bell-shaped flowers appear before the foliage. The large, toothed leaves of Mukdenia 'Crimson Fans' are especially handsome, emerging bronzy green, turning to all green, and then taking on red splashes that become gold in fall. Evenly moist, well-drained soil. Plants will spread slowly from thick rhizomes.
Arisaema ringens - Cobra Lily - This common Asian species is one of the best for gardens. It has glorious three-parted foliage, gray-green and glossy, and a unique green-and purple, rather fist-shaped flower. Arisaema ringens is an easy long-lived garden plant that forms large clumps with time. Worth growing as a handsome foliage plant with the bonus of very cool flowers. Always popular. Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Miniature Plantain Lily - Small round bluish-green leaves are comprised of a substance so thick you have to feel it to believe it. Lavender flowers on short scapes proportionate to the clump top it in midsummer. A must-have mini hosta for the collector and rock garden enthusiast. 2008 Hosta of the Year! Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
Polygonatum odoratum 'Akajiku' - Red-Stemmed Solomon's Seal - Polygonatum 'Akajiku' is a rare selection of Solomon's seal with green leaves held on bright red stems along with the classic, pendulous, fragrant, white flowers in spring. Trillium kamtschaticum - Kamtschatka Trillium - This lovely white trillium is similar to the west coast's T. ovatum and eastern North America's T. grandiflorum. It is native to Japan and adjacent areas of Asia. Though they are similar, the "look" of this rare Asian species is different than its North American counterparts with slightly shorter more rounded petals. It is vigorous and well worth growing.
Beesia deltophylla - Beesia - I’m excited to offer one of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla with glossy, deep green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new that form dense rosettes up to 12 inches across. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Spires of small white flowers rise up to 20 inches above the foliage in mid to late spring repeating later in the season. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade. Anemonella thalictroides 'Shiozaki' - Rue Anemone - Anemonella 'Shiozaki' is a double-flowered form of the eastern North American native rue anemone with exquisite, fully double, shell pink flowers that are larger than 'Shoaf's Double Pink' and a lighter pink. One of the most beautiful spring flowers - a little jewel in the spring garden. Bloom time can last for months -- since the reproductive structures have become petals the flowers cannot be pollinated. Without pollination there is no signal for flowering to stop and petals to fall. That's convenient! Easy to grow in gritty, well-drained soil.

All these plants are available now. Come see them!


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