Where’s the snow?

Not that I’m complaining. Last weekend we went scouting for Hepatica americana with interesting marbled foliage. In the spring the new leaves that start growing are green, but later they get marbled in various delightful brown-reddish shades, depending how much sun they get; but not only. There is clear a genetic component involved in the colouration, which is best seen in early winter.

Hepatica americana
Hepatica americana – winter foliage

For all these snow-depleted periods, I am sure you wish you would have had a few Hepatica around your garden! The timing was such that at the same time I spotted the first germinated seeds and also someone bought all the remaining seeds. Talk about coincidence!

There are many other hardy, perennials that will easily keep your garden evergreen, like: Gaultheria, Mitella, Mitchella, Chimaphila, Waldsteinia, quite a few ferns, Cyclamen hederifolium, Arum, Helleborus….

Mitella diphylla, Cyclamen hederifolium and Hepatica americana
A corner of my remnant garden with: Mitella diphylla (an overlooked native plant easy to grow from seeds), Cyclamen hederifolium and Hepatica americana. The Cyclamen was added to the group by a squirrel ‘designer’, but it wasn’t a bad idea after all.
4 replies
  1. Amy Olmsted
    Amy Olmsted says:

    I’ll tell you where the snow is! In Vermont! The only just came back on today after three days out! But all the snow makes for great insulation for all the trays of plants sleeping underneath!

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      I am sure we’ll have our share soon enough. It is very good for all plants; this winter I don’t care that much because most of mine are in containers that I had to protect with fleece & tarps ;)

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      They do very well in pots. Especially in your climate would be best; could move them around easily when necessary.Lots of nice forms you could buy out there!

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