Creek Hill Nursery 2017

EPIMEDIUMS GOING MAINSTREAM American households are moving towards Epimediums for a reason. Epimediums typically provide the perfect low, slow-spreading foliage plant for shady areas. They bloom en masse in spring with sprays of small uniquely-shaped flowers in a wide variety of colors. The heart-shaped foliage often emerges with attractive patterns of bright red or deep purple, turning green for the summer. Their ideal conditions are evenly moist, well drained soils in an area with dappled sun. But they are tough enough to take part sun, deep dry shade, and a variety of less than ideal soil conditions without hurting their aesthetic, only slowing their spread. Nearly immortal once established, they can be kept in clumps or allowed to slowly expand, allowing a groundcover that can form mats of foliage without any of the aggressive tendencies of most spreading plants. New breeding is producing a lot more drama in this genus. A visit to the French breeder, Thierry Delabroye, showed us the future of Epimedium breeding. We should see even bigger plants with large flowers on long sprays and new ranges of color and form for both flower and foliage. No longer content being put in a shady corner these new Epimediums stand up and demand to be noticed!

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