Rodgersia podophylla , likes positioned in a semi shaded position with soil that does not dry out.
So many years ago when we first set up our small garden pond we messed about with marginal plants, not quite sure which ones would look best. True to form, trial and error is the way for us. It may at times be a more expensive approach, but when its your only hobby, interest, big part of your life, what the heck.
There was a time when we were fanatical about growing our own plants from seed. We really did enjoy this and got a great kick out of the results. Time has moved on and although we still bring on some plants we definitely have cut it down drastically. We have more got in to the habit of, if we see a garden plant which we like in the nursery or garden centre we just buy it, some times you just need a quick fix.
Well anyway, after planting up the pond area it still seemed like it was lacking something, a visit from a friend who also has a garden pond had been dividing some of his plants which had become over crowded and he felt that this Rodgersia, pictured above was just what was needed.
It was not a plant which I was familiar with but was told it would make a statement in the area. The spot where we thought would look best for it was very rocky, and it was virtually squeezed in to a small space that really seemed too small for the roots.
Well this was eighteen years ago and this architectural plant still looks magnificent every Summer, and take a look at the leaves.
Rodgersia podophylla ikes positioned in a semi shaded position with soil that does not dry out. The clump forming perennial has very large palmate leaves which are bronze whilst young developing mid green as they age.
The creamy pink coloured flowers are held well above the foliage in July/August. Absolutely magnificent, no wonder the RHS gave it their prestigious award of garden merit. As for after care it has received nothing other than cutting back the dead stems in late Autumn.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Partial shade
Height – 120cm/4ft
Here we have a few Azaleas which flowered in the garden between mid April and early June. Three of them I know the name of, as for the others, I have no idea, I would be delighted if you could help out.
This one below is Azalea Luteum, a beautiful deciduous specimen which is highly fragrant. Started flowering in late April and continued till late May.
This little beauty has been in the garden for as long as I can remember. It can be seen from the Kitchen window in the border which is only about five feet away. A dwarf evergreen variety which has taken about twenty five years to reach the height of 2ft/60cm.
Coming through the front garden gate is a narrow passage about 20ft long. It has a slightly raised border running the length of it with a couple of Bamboos, a Pinus Mugo and this deciduous Azalea.
Here we have another dwarf evergreen variety which has been in the raised border in the patio area for 15 years. This one is a vivid magenta colour.
Ah, here we have a deciduous variety which I do know the name of. Azalea Glowing Embers, very floriferous, the name says it all.
The only reason I know the name of this dwarf evergreen one is down to the fact that it was only recently planted in one of the borders in the main are of the back garden. Maria Elena.
Finally, this deciduous one is in the round garden.