The Toad Lily Tricyrtis Hirta is a most unusual plant with small exotic looking flowers and hairy green leaves.
The one in our round garden has been in the same position for a number of years. The flowers which are white with purple dots start to open in the third week of August and continue through till October. I have seen comments which indicate a little doubt about their hardiness in colder areas.
Well, Trycyrtis has never shown any signs of struggling in our Aberdeen garden, which is in a frost pocket, making it colder in Winter than some of the other areas in Aberdeen.
For best results plant your toad lily in a position which has dappled sunlight, I could imagine it looking particulary good in a woodland edge. For your own peace of mind you could give it a mulch to give protection over Winter, I have actually never done this. Do plant your Tricyrtis Hirta in a position where it does not dry out otherwise it may well struggle, our plant must have really enjoyed the Summer of 2011.
Hardiness – I am sticking with fully hardy
Position – Semi shade
A few nooks and crannies in the garden this Summer which I think looked not bad at all.
Well, the first ones really just an excuse to show Purdees skills, taken in late May.
What all do we have in this corner, picture taken in mid August. Centre we have the begonia Flamboyant in a terracotta tub with ivy scrambling over the edges. To the right is the magnificent Hypericum Inodorum Magical Beauty which I will revisit soon in my plant profiles where I will add a bit more detailed information. To the left of the pedestal is the Box ball with cineraria at the centre. Just to the right is the Alstroemeria Princess Paola. The small tree with the white berries is the Rowan Cashmeriana.
This shady spot of the garden in late August is where the Begonia Helen Harmes grows best of all.
The Clematis Etoile violette outshines the Blue Angel in this spot, wait and see what Blue Angel can do though. Well some other time.
Next year lets see if we can have a few more flowers on the Hydrangea macrophylla.
I think that I was pleased most of all with this spot of the garden, I will talk to you about that blowzy Filipendula in another occasion.
Back in mid May the Rhododendrons were looking good. We do have a long growing season in spite of my complaining about the weather. The Silver Birch behind the Rhoddie planted over twenty years ago has now grown so large and is so near our neighbours house we decided to remove it a couple of weeks ago. Pruning of course was seriously considered, but on this occasion we felt we did the right thing.
Looking towards the Woodland area of the garden on a beautiful May day.