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Shade Monthly August 2019

I really like Roscoea but have difficulty establishing most of them in the garden. They do well for a couple of years, but then ...

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Shade Monthly July 2019

I suspect that most shady gardeners have been tempted to buy Pteridophyllum racemosum when it’s been offered as a flowering specimen at a plant fair or HPS event. I first saw this beautiful Japanese woodland endemic at the HPS annual general meeting in 2015. ...

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Shade Monthly June 2019

This is undoubtedly my favourite tulip. It is fully hardy, seeds itself around, does well in shade and is not dug up and eaten by the stripy faced weasels that think they own our garden and consume all other tulips with relish. ...

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Shade Monthly May 2019

Cardamine heptaphylla 'Big White' is neither a disappointment nor a thug. It is large for a cardamine, growing to about 40 cms tall and as much across. The leaves are large with, as the name suggests, seven toothed leaflets. In spring it produces good heads of pure white flowers. ...

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Shade Monthly April 2019

Erythronium dens-canis is a typical spring ephemeral. The flowers don’t last long and even the attractive, marbled leaves are gone by the end of spring. In spite of this it is a lovely plant and a welcome addition to early spring ...

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Shade Monthly March 2019

The first six photos of hellebores are of Ashwood hybrids that we bought in 2008 and planted together in a small raised bed under a large cherry tree in our front garden. The other 12 are some of their children. The original plants seeded themselves freely ...

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Shade Monthly February 2019

Epimedium (a love affair!)

The attractions for me are many. There is a delicacy and daintiness to their flowers held pendulous on their incredibly thin stems, hence their common names of ‘Fairy Wings’ and ‘Bishop’s Hat’ (their other common name of ‘Barrenwort’ and ‘Horny Goat Weed’ alludes to their centuries long use in Chinese medicine ...

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Shade Monthly January 2019

I think I have mentioned before that I have been slowly trying to acquire a collection of hybrids and varieties of Arum italicum. This has not been aided by the fact that some mammals, probably squirrels, have taken to digging up newly planted forms and devouring the bulbs ...

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Shade Monthly December 2018: Heucheroids

Bergenia emeiensis is a relatively recent introduction from Sichuan where it grows in shady places. The narrow, obovate leaves are relatively small (to about 12 cm). In the form we grow it has charming, light pink flowers in the spring ...

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Shade Monthly November 2018

The most successful of the saxifrages is ‘Rubrifolia’. As the name suggests, the relatively large leaves are tinted red, but you cannot see this once the plant is in flower as it is covered in a white froth of petals. It is relatively easy...

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Shade Monthly October 2018

We tried the ginger lilies. They were not a success. They lasted about three years, looking a little worse each year before finally disappearing. Therefore, when we received seed of H. spicatum CC7004 as part of a share of one of Chris Chadwell’s expeditions in about 2008 we did not hold out much hope. However they ...

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Shade Monthly September 2018

The solution to last month's puzzle is Impatiens omeiana. This is an excellent, spreading, low growing foliage plant for moist soil in shade. There are forms with silvered ...

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Shade Monthly August 2018

Arisaemas in general seem to be weathering the heat and lack of moisture better than most. I grow quite a few species and have lost many on the way. The secret seems to be to plant them deeply in good woodland soil, keep them ...

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Shade Monthly July 2018

It is from seed collected by Dan Hinkley in Sechuan (DJHC0499) and was introduced to the UK by Crûg Farm Nurseries, the original supplier. It has finely serrated, semi-evergreen leaves. My plant was evergreen in the winter of 2016-17 ...

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Shade Monthly June 2018

There are several different forms of E. wushanense in circulation differing in flower size, colour, density on the flowering spike and leaf shape. All are worthy of a place in a woodland garden. Naming has become confused which is why ...

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Shade Monthly May 2018

A. apennina is similar to A. blanda, but the stems are softly hairy and it is more of a ‘clumper’ than ‘spreader’. ‘Petrovac‘ is a variety collected in former Yugoslavia by Paul Christian ...

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Shade Monthly April 2018

This is an interesting shrub from western China where it grows on rocky slopes and forest margins. It has sprawling branches with short golden hairs that will spread out along the ground, rooting as it goes, or hang nicely ...

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Shade Monthly March 2018

Plant of the Month: Helleborus ‘Walberton’s Rosemary’

There are lots of really good hellebores available these days, many of them such as the Ashwood Hybrids unencumbered by varietal names. The joy is in the variation between the individual plants rather than uniformity. However ‘Warberton’s Rosemary’ ...

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Shade Monthly February 2018

Plant of the Month: Eranthis hyemalis

In our garden they appear with, or just after, the first of the snowdrops, and are beginning as I put this issue together in mid-January. They come from calcareous woods in southern Europe and into the Balkans. In the garden they like ...

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Shade Monthly January 2018

In the dappled light of a Photinia villosa, both the Actaea pachypoda (previously A. alba) and Aruncus aesthusifolius ‘Nana’ continue to perform well year after year ...

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Shade Monthly December 2017

Woodland Poppies

The special edition last year focused on a single genus, Epimedium. This year it is dedicated to a single family, the Papaveraceae. It is an interesting family with many choice woodlanders. Corydalis and Meconopsis spring immediately to mind....

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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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