That is one stunning foliage shade plant Semp. My polygonatum is blooming right now but I don't have a photo. Guess I'll have to go out tomorrow and take a photo. They are pretty sparse because they are new last year.
What a beautiful polemonium! I tried one but it really didn't like either my miserly watering (our summers are bone-dry) or the site, I'm not sure which. Sure was pretty, though.
I have so many variegated plants - I'm a real fanatic about them - that I counted up my photos and there were over 30 of them! Way too many for individual posts, so I created a slideshow on Photobucket instead. Remember, there's 30 images so it'll take a little time to see it all. It's set pretty fast, however, so it doesn't take too long.
Jkom, what a fantastic contrast you achieved there! wow, very inspiring!
I read somewhere that when you are a gardening beginner, you tend to dislike variegated plants but once you learn their value, you're hooked! That is so true!
Strever, Great plants and references. The moss covered logs? in your garden look wonderful. I did try a Podophyllum a few years ago and it never returned. They do have spectacular leaves. Lucky you to have a group of them.
doss, I have erratic luck with trillium. I think I'll try Trillium luteum (yellow) next since I've seen it growing in a local woods it might be more hardy for me.
Which dicentra did you try? I try to remove the Japanese Dicentra spectabalis from my garden each year because it over runs my small spring ephemerals. Did you try Dicentra formosa which seems to be native to the Pacific northwest? I have limited success with some of the hybrids between formosa and eximina.
yes Pixie they are moss covered logs :-)
i also lost a cpl Podophylum when i put them in the ground the first year
i grew the Podophylum in a pot for the first 2 years before planting them in the ground
maybe they needed the security of the pot to get used to my climate ???
i have a bunch more in pots now doing fine but will wait a cpl years before planting out
No one has remembered me as Pixie in quite awhile. I wonder if potting up the Podophyllum would work for me in zone 6? The one I bought (Kaleidoscope?) was an extravagant purchase. Ah, no wonder I couldn't keep it alive it is only hardy to zone 7 and hard frosts after it breaks dormancy will kill it. It needs a cool greenhouse here.
i remember when i started getting interested in Heuchera a cpl years ago you were asking the questions i needed answers to in the Heuchera forum :-)
do you not use the Pixie name any more ?
i'm hoping my Heuchera take off this year and make a big splash for me
most of them have also been growing up in pots, i will plant them in the ground soon
it looks like Pteris nipponica might not be as hardy as Evergemiensis
and i could only find it available from glass house
I got my original stuff from the nursery. Do you mean glass house works? I bought some pteris from them but it's not quite the same. Very interesting though. It grows like weeds if it's happy. http://glasshouseworks.com/trop-p3.html
It's nice to be remembered. I started out as woodlandpixie and signed all my posts pixie. When I switched to sempervirens I stopped using pixie because I didn't think most people would remember and I couldn't decide if I should then use the green from evergreen.