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Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashima

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashimais, by Robert Pavlis

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashimais, by Robert Pavlis

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashima is a great aroid that adds some excitement to the garden. Known as the dominatrix jack-in-the-pulpit, it appears in late spring and is gone by late summer. Its special feature is a long, dark purple, whip-like spadix that can reach 45 cm long, in true dominatrix fashion. —————- Read More —————-

Corydalis solida

Corydalis solida, by Robert Pavlis

Corydalis solida, by Robert Pavlis

Corydalis solida is a great spring ephemeral that brings an unusual color to the garden at this time of year. How many of our spring flowers are red, pink or purplish red? Spread them around the garden between larger plants and enjoy them while the larger plants are still sleeping. By the time they grow to any size, C. solida will have gone underground for a summer snooze.

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Allium fistulosum

Allium fistulosum, by Robert Pavlis

Allium fistulosum, by Robert Pavlis

Allium fistulosum is a perennial onion that is good to eat and makes a great garden plant. It has many common names but the most common are welsh onion or Japanese bunching onion. “Welsh” is a corruption of the German “Walsch,” meaning “foreign,” and has no reference to Wales.

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Primula elatior ssp. pallasii

Primula elatior ssp pallasii, by Robert Pavlis

Primula elatior ssp pallasii, by Robert Pavlis

Primulas are great garden plants for part shade and Primula elatior ssp pallasii is one of the best. I normally do not care for pale coloured flowers, but the light yellow of this one, combined with its early flowering, makes it stand out in the garden. It is a real gem that seems easy to grow.

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Pachysandra procumbens

Pachysandra procumbens:photo by Robert Pavlis

Pachysandra procumbens, photo by Robert Pavlis

It is difficult to find plants for dry shade but Pachysandra procumbens will be quite happy in such conditions, at least in cooler climates. In warm areas you might need to provide more moisture. —————- Read More —————-