Woodland Perennials II

Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ – Commonly known as Barrenwort or Bishop’s Hat, this semi-evergreen perennial bears primrose yellow flowers from mid to late spring. The heart-shaped leaflets emerge with a distinct reddish-bronze tinge, maturing to green. This Award of Garden Merit winner is drought tolerant once established. Grows 12-15″ high. Zone 5.

Meconopsis betonicifolia (recently reclassified as M. baileyi) – The Tibetan Blue Poppy  is a much coveted but difficult to grow perennial. Discovered in 1912, it bears 3-4″ wide translucent sky-blue blooms in early summer. It is herbaceous and short-lived, preferring part sun and even soil moisture during summer. Grows 24-36″ high by 12-18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

Polygonatum x hybridum – The Common Solomon’s Seal is a cross of P. multiflorum and P. odoratum. It bears clusters (usually 4) of creamy-white flowers with green tips, trailing below the arching stems. The green lance-shaped leaves are borne alternately on the stem, turning a beautiful yellow in the fall. Grows up to 5′ tall and spreads by rhizomes. Zone 4.

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ – This heavily variegated Siberian Bugloss is a sport of ‘Jack Frost’. It produces almost completely silver leaves at maturity (in 1 or 2 years) that nicely compliment the bright blue forget-me-not flowers (with yellow centers) that show from April to May. ‘Looking Glass’ is best in light shade. Grows 12-16″ high by 12-24″ wide. Zone 3.

Disporum flavum (syn. Disporum flavens, Disporum sessile var. flavens) – The Korean Fairy Bells bears clear yellow blooms (in clusters of 1-3) in spring, followed by black berries in early autumn. This clump-forming perennial is somewhat similar to Solomon’s Seal in its growth habit with its elegant arching stems. Grows 18-30″ high by 12-15″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

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One Response to Woodland Perennials II

  1. Reblogged this on Garden Life Designs and commented:
    I have Epimedium envy but it is far too hot here for these beuties to survive. These are lovely though…

    Happy Gardening and remember to “bee” positive!

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