Shade Duets – Variegated Polygonatums

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).

Polygonatum x hybridum 'Striatum'

Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Striatum’ (aka. P. x hybridum ‘Grace Barker’) – in trial bed at Lost Horizons. 

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!

Polygonatum odoratum 'Fireworks'

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Fireworks’ in trial beds at Lost Horizons 

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.

Polygonatum odoratum 'Byakko'

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Byakko’ in trial bed at Lost Horizons

4 replies
  1. pem2013
    pem2013 says:


    That P.o ‘Byakko’ is a stunner!!! Thanks for this – I’ll most definitely have to get some when I return from my little jaunt in the Alps. :)
    Pat M.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Hi Pat – I cannot wait to hear stories from around the Alps:) ‘Byakko’ is not for sale yet, maybe next spring, but can be admired in the trial beds.

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