The blooms of the Epimedium x Rubrum may be small, however the plant as a whole, makes quite an impact in the woodland area of our garden.
Charming as the flowers may be, I think the foliage is the selling point of this delightful woodlander. The heart shaped leaves when young, shaded with a reddish tinge, makes for excellent ground cover in the woodland.
The leaves in Summer, turn a mid green, then when Autumn comes around they change to vibrant shades of bronzy red.
This plant sort of borders on being evergreen and by the time mid March comes around I eventually cut back the old leaves and appreciate the signs of the new foliage as it starts very soon to show.
The flowers of this Epimedium in our Aberdeen garden are normally quite sparse, but this year they gave quite a good show, flowering about three weeks later than usual, at the beginning of May.
They have been in our woodland for a number of years now and should benefit with division in late Summer this year.
The picture below is of an Epimedium in the woodland, with the flowers just going over, I think the Erythronium planted directly behind adds a good touch, looking as if this partnership was intended.
Rick, a new garden blogger from Cheshire highlighted Epimediums quite recently. Ricks blog
Thats my latest perennial profile for this week and I would fully recommend Epimedium for the North East of Scotland.
I am not a professional gardener, I hold no diplomas or certificates, however with over forty years experience between myself and Myra (or does that make it 80 years) you can depend on information, of how all the plants which I profile perform in the North East of Scotland. Here the Winters on the coast may not have the very severe frosts as some areas, nevertheless the Summer is generally cooler.
• Hardiness *** Fully hardy
• Soil *** grows in most soil types where it is moist and free draining
• Height *** 30/40cm
• Position *** part shade
• Common name *** barrenwort
*** Epimedium x rubrum ***
The Bellis perennis ‘Habanera White With Red Tips is biennial, not the sort of plant that I would normally include in my plant profiles.
However, I grew it on from seed last year and flowering in the garden at the moment, I feel it has earned its place in the list.
Its a common Daisy, feeked up by the breeders to give us an alternative to Pansies, Violas and Primula for the Spring bedding.
I have grown it before, a number of years ago. Its not as popular as some of the other Spring chuck away plants, but it makes a change and she seems quite photogenic.
The blooms are white with red tips to varying degrees. At 4/6″ tall they do make a rather nice edging.
They are not quite so early in coming into bloom as the Polyanthus or Violas. In fact, it is often not until the end of April that they start putting on a decent show here in Aberdeen.
Unfortunately, this Bellis happens to reach its very best here in Aberdeen, round about the 1st of June when it happens to be time to remove the Spring bedding and plant up all those colorful summer annuals.
The picture below is of the Main border in the back garden, see the Bellis at the very front.
The seeds of this Bellis, I sowed in seed trays at the beginning of June last year. I pricked them out in mid July, some were placed individually into 9cm pots whilst others ended up in seed trays, twelve to each tray. At the beginning of October they were nice and bushy, ready to be planted out. I have to say the ones in the trays were equally as good as those in the individual pots
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