I am ashamed to admit that I have killed many, many plants in the area by the greenhouse. It is one of those tricky areas to grow anything – dry shade. I have added compost almost every year we’ve lived here to help improve the soil. Despite that, I have probably planted and killed at least ten different types of plants in this area. Epimedium is supposed to be drought tolerant and likes part shade to shade, so I thought I could give it a try. I found Epimedium Rubrum at a local nursery and gave it a shot, not feeling very confident about it. I am happy to report that after a year (or maybe two) it is still doing well.
This photo was taken last year in April...
|The dainty flowers of Epimedium Rubrum.|
Can you see why this is a favorite plant? I absolutely adore the shape and colors of the tiny buds and flowers. Now that I have seen how well my two plants have done in this area, I am considering adding more.
In fall, the leaves turn a rust color, which lasts through the winter. To me, a plant is even more valuable when it has multi-season interest like this. I took this rainy photo today...
|The fall color of Epimedium Rubrum.|
I had looked for more Epimedium last year at my local nurseries and Rubrum seemed to be the only variety I could find. Not that I’m complaining because it’s fabulous. However, I’d like to see some others offered.