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Shade Monthly November 2017

Saxifraga ‘Shiranami’

I had grown one or two planted out into the garden for several years. They grew well enough but did not make much of an impact. However, seen in pots they look stunning, and so I decided to provide them with a raised bed ...

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Shade Monthly October 2017

A relatively new addition this year has been Roscoea ‘Spice Island’. This is currently sporting several purple-pink flowers along burgundy stems. ...

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Shade Monthly September 2017

Deinanthe is a genus of two species and their hybrid in the family Hydrangeaceae. They are very closely related to hydrangea, differing mostly in two respects: they are rhizomatous, herbaceous perennials and they have large, showy fertile flowers with only a few, if any, sterile florets. ...

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Shade Monthly August 2017

This is an old hybrid musk dating back to 1899. Although it is not a repeat flowerer, the one show a year is so spectacular it is well worth growing. It will grow in shade, sending up long shoots ...

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Shade Monthly July 2017

We already had a good population of Lilium martagon in both pink and white varieties. These came as seed many years ago and now seed themselves about freely, often in the paths! They grow well with little attention except for needing to be included in Wendy’s nightly Lily Beetle Hunt. I’m glad to say that ‘Claude Shride' is just as easy. ...

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Shade Monthly June 2017

Speirantha convallariodes is the name under which I bought the plant in 2012, but on checking before writing this piece I discover that it should really be called S. gardenii. Whatever the name, it is a charming little woodlander ...

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Shade Monthly May 2017

I have tried to grow two or three of the relatively small species of soldanella. They all look pretty similar with a basal rosette of roundish leaves and a central stalk with up to six purple/blue/white flowers...

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Shade Monthly April 2017

My Chrysosplenium macrophyllum started blooming back in January and is just starting to wane now. ...

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Shade Monthly March 2017

Known in its native northern California as the ‘fetid adder’s tongue’ this little plant is not well served by its name. I have lost my sense of smell, but even those with a nose say you have to get really close to it to catch the scent ...

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Shade Monthly January 2017

I had long admired Woodwardia radicans before buying it. There is a particularly fine stand of them at Powys Castle in a sort of caveroom cut into the hillside on one of the terraces ...

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Shade Monthly - Special Epimedium Edition

Dedicated to those choice woodlanders, the Epimediums. We have four articles. The first, which gives an account of the cultivation of the genus and recommends some fine cultivars is by Roger Hammond the keeper of one of the Plant Heritage National Collections ...

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Shade Monthly November 2016

In the spring there are clusters of typical white flowers, which are followed in the summer by masses of pure white berries. These are said to be unattractive to birds and to last into November. The avian fraternity in our area has not read this ...

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Shade Monthly October 2016

The star is the double flowered form of Anemonopsis macrophylla. The normal version is a fine plant with its dangling, dusky-backed, white flowers in late summer. It is relatively easy to grow ...

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Shade Monthly September 2016

Plant of the Month: Hydrangea serrata ‘Shirofuji’

Any shade bed, no matter how small, has room for one of the smaller varieties of H. serrata ...

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Shade Monthly August 2016

Plant of the Month: Arisaema tortuosum ‘Black Rod’

The Arisaema have done well this year. The cool, wet weather must remind them of home ...

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Shade Monthly July 2016

Plant of the Month…. Cardiocrinum giganteum

Yes, I know it is monocarpic slug bait, but with a little effort and about six years you can build up a population of these stately beauties. Growing up to 8 ft tall and topped by huge,sweet-smelling, trumpet shaped flowers they brighten up ...

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Shade Monthly June 2016

Plant of the Month…. Saruma henryi

The true plant of the month is, of course, Primula sieboldii in its
many varieties. They look stunning at the moment, but it was
selected by Gill Mullin for her 'Plant of the Month', so I
have to choose another....

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