Woodland Poppy or Celandine Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum
Common, humble flowers will always have a place in my garden, but I am always on the lookout for interesting, more unusual plants.
These aren't necessarily new varieties. On the contrary, they are sometimes old favourites that have, for whatever reason, fallen out of fashion. Many times I find they are just plants that I have simply overlooked. Then I will see it in some fresh garden setting and think: wow, isn't that nice!
I am not sure which is more fun: the hunt or the new discovery.
Woodland Poppy or Celandine Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum Height: 30-45 cm, Spread: 45-60 cm. Prefers moist soil and part to full shade. Beware it is a good self-seeder in the right conditions (although young seedlings are easy to remove). Zone: 4-9
One weekend in early spring 2013 the warm, sunny weather seemed like the perfect excuse for a drive in the country and a visit to a local nursery I haven't yet seen.
Plant Paradise Nursery has a number of display gardens, but in mid-May, it was the flowerbeds that skirt a tall stand of pines caught the attention of my camera most.
As you can see from the pictures, this is a shaded area with dappled sun.
Foam flower, Tiarella wherryi
Does it get more delicate or pretty than these sweet little Foam flowers?
These plants make a great groundcover in a moist, shady border or woodland garden. The cloud of starry, white flowers appear in late spring and continue into early summer.
Foam flower, Tiarella wherryi. Height: 20-30 cm, Spread: 25-30 cm Moist, shady conditions.
Creeping Speedwell, Veronica 'Waterperry Blue' Height: 3-5 cm. Spread: 25-30 cm. Zones 4-9.
I like the dark reddish stems and tiny mauve flowers on this groundcover. New foliage can also have a bronzy-red cast. As you can see from the picture, it was in a somewhat sunnier spot (Full sun/part shade).
Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis, 'Alba'. Height: 70-90 cm, Spread: 70-90 cm. Part or full shade. Average to moist soil. You can refresh the foliage after it flowers in early spring, but even so, it will go dormant by late summer. Hardy: Zones 2-9.
Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis, 'Goldheart'. Height: 60-90 cm, Spread: 60-90 cm. Part or full shade. Average to moist soil. Will go dormant by late summer. Hardy: Zones 2-9.
Every spring I add a Bleeding Heart plant or two. I just love them! The white variety is my favourite, with 'Goldheart' a strong second.
As the name suggest 'Goldheart' has the most amazing golden foliage (even more buttery-yellow than my picture shows), but I find the pink flowers clash a little with the leaves. My only wish is 'Goldheart' had white flowers!
Silene, Rolly's Favourite Height: 40-45 cm Spread: 25-30 cm. Full sun/part shade.
Average to moist soil.
I have often admired this plant and must put it on my wish list for spring. (Note: It is not a woodland plant and needs a bit more sun.)
Woodland Phlox, Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon' Height: 30-45 cm, Spread: 30-40 cm. Part shade. Fragrant flowers. Zones: 4-8.
Isn't this lovely? Like groundcover Phlox, Woodland Phlox blooms in spring. It looks happy growing in dappled sunlight at the nursery. I made the mistake of planting mine in too much shade and it eventually perished. Fortunately for me, it managed to re-seed itself in a slightly sunnier location.
There is also a fragrant white variety, which I tried out last year. Sadly, it too died and I will have to give it another go this spring.
How I wish Brunnera were not so darned expensive! There are so many nice cultivars.
I have resolved to try to add one new one each year. Here are a few of the varieties on display at the Plant Paradise Nursery:
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' Height: Spread: Heart-shaped silver leaves. Blue flowers in
spring. Part to full shade. Moist soil. Zones: 2-9.
Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata' Height: 30-40 cm, Spread: 30-45 cm. Sprays of blue forget-me-not type flowers in spring. Part to full shade and moist conditions. Zones 2-9.
Sedum 'Jose Aubergine' Height: 48 -70 cm, Spread: 50-70 cm. Full sun. Zones: 3a- 8b
I like the greyish foliage of this sedum I spotted at the nursery. The plant has deep rose flowers in late summer.
Our stunning provincial flower: Trillium grandiflorum Height: 20-50 cm, Spread: 30-50 cm. Part shade to full shade. Rich, moist, well-drained soil. Zone: 4-8.
Cowslip Primrose, Primula veris 'Sunset Shades' Height: 15-20 cm, Spread: 25-30 cm. Moist soil and part shade conditons. Zone: 3-9.
My success with Primula is modest at best. Harsh winters and dry summers are not ideal for these cottage garden favourites, but I keep trying. Here are just a few of the charming Primula growing in the shade of the Pine trees at the nursery.
Primula 'Gold Lace'
Cowslip Primrose, Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'
Cowslip Primrose, Primula vers 'Sunset shades'
Have a great weekend everyone!
P. S. Please click the link if you want to see the nursery's display garden in summer. I promise to have the winner of the 66 Square Feet book draw up next.
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