Shade Plants that kick aster ;-)
Rouge asked on another thread what types of unusual/rare shade plants I was wanting. I'll start another thread on it rather than hijack that post completely ;-) Not all are exactly "rare", but most are at least interesting I think (least to my way of thinking!).
Here is the "dream list" I have stashed away on my computer. It's rather a bittersweet read for me everytime I look at it because a) I have very little good shade left, unless I were to grow some of these guys in containers... b) some might not me available here and c)some are super $$ ;-)
Anyhoo, here she be (and if anyone wants to post their own "shade plant dream list" here feel free!):
-Anemonella thalictroides- 'Shoaff's Double Pink' and maybe 'Green Dragon' or others that are double
-Asarum splendens- silver mottled foliage. Z6 hardy?
-Asplenium scolopendrium Fern- any of the CRESTED forms
-Corydalis solida, & Blackberry Wine & George P. Baker...oh heck, any and all ;-)
-Deinanthe caerulea 'Blue Wonder' (started some D. bifida, the white flowered species, from seed a couple years ago. At least I think that's what it is, either that or the first weed that barely grows an inch a year, LOL!!!)
-Disporium Cantonese 'Night Heron'- variegated forms??? would rather have some of the unusual polygonatums instead...
-Epimedium epstenii & chlorandrum or membranaceum- possibly others
-Glaucidium palmatum- pink form only
-Helleborus- Any or several to f these: *Swirling Skirts(double white with green tint early on) or Mrs. Betty Ranicar----- From the Winter Jewels Series: Onyx Odyssey(dbl. black)- Jade Star(sin. green w/deep purple veining)- Amber Gem (dbl. peach/pink)- Golden Lotus (awesome dbl. yellow)
-Polygonatum Green Hankies & Betberg-- P. hookeri- (I dread to think how $$$ some of the rarer variegated, silver striped, and golden varieties are!!! When Asiatica was still around they were well over a hundred bucks each, lol)
-Porteranthus (Gillenia) trifoliate (trifoliata) 'Pink Profusion'- pink bowman's root! (wonder just how pink this guy is??)
-Sanicula carelessness- blue sanicle- looks like meadow rue-like only blue!
- Syneilesis aconitifolia (Shredded Umbrella Plant)- (where to put, where to put???)
I would also like some Double Hepatica, but I know those would cost a small fortune, lol. I think Asiatica once had one listed at over $300 ;-)
One plant I do NEED for the shade garden is a Rodgersia. I'm just having a heck of a time deciding which one I want! All those on the Rodgersia thread here (awhile ago...) were sooooo tempting ;-]