Made For The Shade

nicely without being invasive. Small, bell-shaped flowers are borne on the leaf axils beneath the arching stems in mid-spring, offering a sweet fragrance as an added bonus. The leaves turn an attractive yellow in the fall. This is an easy-to-grow, long-lasting perennial with no serious insect or disease problems, and hardy through most of the United   States, zones 3 through 8. The only drawback to this wonderful perennial is that it is often hard to find in garden centers and nurseries. That situation will hopefully be rectified this year though; the Perennial Plant Association has selected Polygonatum odoratum “Variegatum” as its Perennial Plant of the Year for 2013, so retailers are much more likely to include it in their offerings.

For the home gardener or for the landscape-design professional, there are wonderful choices of perennials that can brighten and add interest to the darker, shadier portions of a landscape. These are only a few of many available choices for gardens today.

Jesse Hensen is the Vendor Relations/Customer Service Manager for Eason Horticultural Resources, a wholesale plant-broker company in Ft. Wright, Ky. He can be reached at (859) 578-3535 or via email at jhensen@ehrnet.com.

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