Variations in D Minor
Hot and humid weather always makes me look for the shady areas in the garden. All variegated Polygonatums are particularly good performers, and when paired with the extraordinary flower: Deinanthe caerulea, soothing shade duets can be heard in all tonalities and textures.
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Striatum’ – It is a charming mid- size Solomon’s Seal with dark green leaves, a bit crinkled and with a crisp creamy- white, bold variegation; doesn’t increase in size as fast as other Solomon’s Seals (unfortunately).
A variation on the same theme: Polygonatum odoratum ‘Fireworks’– Red shoots when emerging in the spring, and then red stems covered in bright creamy yellow variegated leaves, some with a white edge too. Year long fireworks in the shade garden!
And my favourite variation in D Minor: Polygonatum odoratum ‘Byakko’ (White Tiger Solomon’s Seal) – An old variety that was used a long time ago in Japan for cut foliage, understandable why. Large, wave-edged leaves with white brushed variegation mid-way, are arranged along 18” tall red stems.