Awesome evergreen groundcover for dry shade. Spreads gently into a mass of beautiful yellow “blooms” (they’re really bracts, not blooms) in spring over lustrous dark foliage. Great for cut flower arrangements. Did I mention she’s green all winter? Completely carefree once established.
Golden Aaron’s Beard / Hypericum ‘Brigadoon’ March 25, 2016
This marvelous little plant glows golden. It loves a spot in part sun, and is a great edging plant. The golden color brightens your garden from spring and lasts almost all winter before it ought to be sheered back to the ground to promote new growth. Truly one of my favorite foliage plants in the garden. Part sun, 10″ high, fantastic in cut arrangements.
Hellebore / Lenten Rose April 9, 2014
Hellebores are extremely long-lived perennials that surprise us in late winter and early spring with gorgeous flowers over evergreen leaves. Highly prized and very expensive, they are a gem in any garden. Plant by a well-trafficked walkway so you won’t miss the blooms. Full sun to full shade, they grow anywhere!
Comfrey ‘Hidcote Blue’ (Symphytum) March 13, 2012
Gorgeous delicate blue flowers preceded by pink (!) buds in spring. Large leaves almost look like lambs ears, only less fuzzy. Evergreen leaves provide winter interest.
Slowly spreads to create a large massing of plants. Can be used as ground cover plant.
Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) February 19, 2012
I have seedlings from my mature plants, which are smothered with white and purple booms each year in late winter. Plants will need 2-3 years before they will bloom, but the reward is worth the wait!
Vinca major variegated February 2, 2012
A vigorous and indestructible groundcover for full sun or shade. White-edged leaves are handsome all year round, even in winter. Beautiful true blue flowers in spring. Also trails beautifully out of planters or hanging baskets.
Laughs at drought. Benefits from a hard shearing each year in late winter.
Glossy evergreen leaves cascade gracefully. White flowers panicles in summer, followed by enormous clusters of bright red berries which cheer me up all winter and look fabulous in holiday swags, bouquets, and wreaths. New growth is colorful, ranging from chartreuse to pink to red to maroon. A real four-season plant.
Prefers sun but will tolerate even deep shade, with fewer flowers and berries. Highly drought-tolerant once established.
Periwinkle (Vinca minor) April 13, 2011
Spreads and fills in gradually to make a thick carpet.
Cranesbill Geranium May 12, 2010
Completely drought-proof once established. Likes full to part sun.
Arum Italicum April 14, 2010
Dark, shiny, veiny leaves make a startling statement in the part sun or shade garden. 12″ high leaves are out fall through spring, evergreen in winter. They die back in the summer and the plant flowers, with a white jack-in-the-pulpit like flower. Then the flower stalk produces berries which turn bright red. In the fall the leaves return. A very unique plant!