Perennial Gardening For Not So Dummies

Perennial Plant of the Year 2013: Variegated Solomon’s Seal

The Perennial Plant Association has announced its Perennial Plant of the Year selection for 2013. And the winner is … wait for it … Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (the crowd cheers)!

If you don’t already grow variegated Solomon’s Seal in your shade garden, this is the year to start. Add Solomon’s Seal to a woodland garden or shady border. Plant it in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. This low maintenance perennial sports 2 to 3-foot tall gracefully arching, burgundy stems. The stems are lined with narrow green leaves streaked in pure white. Beneath the stems, in pairs, from late spring to early summer, drip tiny, fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers. In the autumn, small, round, black fruit replaces the flowers and leaves turn golden yellow.

Let’s hear it for Variegated Solomon’s Seal! Bravo!

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