OK - I caved in on a totally spontaneous purchase over the weekend. Mukdenia 'Karasuba'. Is anyone growing this? I was attracted to the reddish leaves. I've read that it does like some sun (although not full sun), decent soil and average moisture. Trying to figure out how to place this in the garden. Of course I didn't have a spot in mind when I bought it.
I purchased three of these last summer (also on impulse) and have been very happy with them so far. The nursery I got them from, Far Reaches, told me that I would get the best color if I placed them in full sun, as long as they didn't get too dry. They were gorgeous through the fall and have come back vigorously this spring, although the foliage is still green as of June 1. I live on the Hood Canal, near Seattle, so our "full sun" isn't that sunny and our "summer" isn't that summery (temperatures in the 70s are much more common than temperatures in the 90s, even in July and August). So, their strategy might not work in places with less temperate climates, but it worked very well here. Images below are from last October (red) and this May (green).
fern - beautiful specimens! I kinda figured that the more sun they got, the more intense the color would be. I have a spot in mind that would get some sun but it would be dappled in the afternoon. All of my sun comes in from the west starting at noon so it can get pretty intense. I suppose I'll walk around brainstorming for the next week. Thanks!
LOL! I can give you the directions to the nursery in Holland, MI if you want. Sadly, none of my local nurseries carry anywhere near the diversity of plants I saw up there. I was smitten by a hosta called 'Whee!' but didn't get it.