Category Archives: Shade

Bomarea hirtella – Pink Flowering Vine

Bomarea hirtella
Bomarea hirtella

Bomarea is a genus of tuberous-rooted climbers in the Alstroemeria family.  The inverted, trumpet-shaped flowers and lance-shaped leaves of Bomarea bear similarities to Alstroemerias.  Featured for sale at Peacock Horticultural nursery, Bomarea hirtella is native to Mexico and grows 8 -12′ terminating with clusters of pink and chartreuse flowers.   Clusters of  attractive seed pods are produced in late autumn, opening to red-orange berries.   Bomareas also attract hummingbirds.

Bomarea hirtella
Bomarea hirtella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Bomarea hirtella prefers to grow in filtered light protected from afternoon sun in moist, humus-rich, well-draining soil.  I am growing this plant in my USDA zone 8b garden with great success.  The plants go dormant after the first frost, they return in the spring and bloom from summer through fall.  In colder climates, however, these vines can also be grown very successfully in a container and overwintered in a  protected spot.

Bomarea hirtella
Bomarea hirtella
Bomarea hirtella
Bomarea hirtella
Bomarea hirtella
Bomarea hirtella

Farfugium japonicum ‘Kaimon Dake’

Farfugium 'Kaimon Dake'
Farfugium 'Kaimon Dake'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently discovered another amazing Farfugium (Ligularia) that I can not live without, and am delighted to finally have enough to offer for sale at Peacock Horticultural Nursery.  Farfugiums (Leopard Plants) are interesting plants for the shade garden grown for their very unusual and dramatic leaf colors, shapes and forms.  They include  contorted leaf varieties such as Farfugium j. ‘Ryuto’, variegated varieties such as Farfugium ‘Argentea’ or F. ‘Aureomaculata’, and some with both contorted and variegated leaves. 

Farfugium 'Kaimon Dake'
Farfugium 'Kaimon Dake'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Kaimon Dake’ is a wonderful new Japanese selection of Farfugium with new leaves emerging pure white to variegated green and white in spring, so dramatic against the older pure green leaves.  Later in the season, all leaves will become mostly green, with the whole process restarted every spring thereafter.  Each 1′ tall by 2′ wide clump will flower in the fall with yellow daisy-like flowers, however,  the beauty of these plants is in their foliage. 

Farfugium grow well in well drained, moist soil in your shade garden in USDA zones 7 – 10.  Other Farfugiums available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery include Farfugium j. ‘Shishi Botan’ and F. ‘Ryuto’.

Farfugium 'Kaimon Dake'
Farfugium 'Kaimon Dake'

Clivia caulescens

 

Clivia caulescens
Clivia caulescens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clivia caulescens is one of five Clivia species endemic to South Africa; it has pendent, tubular, 2-3 inch long flowers similar to Clivia nobilis and Clivia gardenii, but differs from these by forming long stems with aerial roots.   These stems can reach 2-3′ or more and can flop over and grow along the ground terminating with long, floppy green leaves.  The tubular flowers transition from a deep orange throat to brilliant green tips.  Clivias are an essential addition to you garden or plant collection with their bold evergreen foliage, brightly colored flowers and large orange to red seed pods in the fall.

Clivia caulescens
Clivia caulescens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clivia caulescens prefer to grow in light shade in very well-drained soil in climates that are free of frost.  These plants thrive and are dramatic grown in containers and can easily be brought inside during winter. 

Other Clivias available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery include Clivia miniata with yellow flowers, Clivia hybrids with orange flowers and variegated foliage and Clivia nobilis.  In addition, I am growing many hybrids Clivia from seed and will make these available after they develop their first blooms.

Clivia caulescens
Clivia caulescens

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’

 

This is one of the plants that always demands attention by visitors to the nursery.  A hybrid of several Asian Mayapples, Spotty Dotty features unusually large umbrella-shaped chartreuse leaves with dark spotting that emerge in the spring.  The beautiful leaf in the photo below is more than one foot wide.  Mature plants can reach about 18″ tall with garnet colored flowers found just under the leaves. 

These plants spread slowly to form a clump about 2 feet wide or more.  Best located in part shade in Zone 6 – 9.  

Other Podophyllums available at the Peacock Horticultural Nursery are Podopyllum veitchii, P. versipelle, P. peltatum, P. pleianthum, P. hexandrum. 

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’

Arisaema ringens – Cobra Lily

Arisaema ringens

Arisaema (a-ri-SAY-ma) is another plant genus that I am very fascinated with.  One look at the photos of the of the strange and beautiful flowers and I was hooked.  If you have not yet made their acquaintance, please drop in the nursery and see them for yourselves.

Arisaema ringens (Cobra Lily) is one of the first to flower in the spring and is bloom now at the nursery.  From a dormant tuber these plants send up these helmet-like flowers with two large green trifoliate leaves.

Arisaema sikokianum

Arisaema sikokianum

Arisaema sikokianum (with patterned leaves) is also blooming in the nursery now.  This is another example of the curious and beautiful flowers in this genus – and this has a variegated leaf as well. 
Arisaema are easy to grow if you met their needs – a shady spot in the garden with  very well drained soil.  Female flowers can produce striking orange-red fruit.
Additional Arisaemas available at the nursery include Arisaema flavum, A. taiwanense ‘Sliver Heron’, A. candidissimum, A. ciliatum and A. franchetianum ‘Hugo’.

Calanthe Takane Hybrids – Hardy Orchids

 

Calanthe Takane Hybrids

Calanthe Takane Hybrids

Another great plant available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery for your woodland shade garden is a Hardy orchid – Calanthe Takane hybrid.  These plants are a cross between Calanthe discolor and C. sieboldii.  The cross has resulted in many different flower colors from yellow, gold, orange, brown, red, white and cream and every combination of these colors you can think of.   Hopefully it will be easier for you decide which is your favorite as I wanted them all.

Calanthe orchids also have attractive pleated green leaves,  flowers that are often fragrant and are hardy to USDA zone 7.   These ground orchids grow very well in pots also where you can enjoy their blooms up close.  Even in times of inadequate rainfall, I will try to find a small space in my gardens for a few of my favorite woodland plants.  This Calanthe Takane Hybrid would be one of favorites.

Calanthe Takane hybrid
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Other Calanthe orchids available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery include Calanthe sieboldii, which has striking pure yellow flowers, and Calanthe discolor which has mahogany and white flowers.
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 Please check back to this blog periodically for new varieties of Calanthe available for sale.

Anemonella thalictroides ‘Shoaf’s Double’

 

dsc_009512642Anemonella thalictroides ‘Shoaf’s Double’  (Rue Anemone) are dainty native wildflowers for your woodland garden.  The double pink flowers bloom for several months beginning,  and then they may be summer dormant, especially in warmer climates.

Anemonella has enchanting three-lobed leaves that resemble Thalictrum (Meadow Rue), but only grow to about 6″ tall and spread to form colonies over time.

Anemonella prefer to grow in part shade in well drained soil for USDA zones 4 – 8.  Other varieties of Anemonella available here at Peacock Horticultural Nursery include a green flowered form, with other interesting varieties in cultivation for future sale.

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Variegated Acanthus mollis ‘Tasmanian Angel’

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Acanthus mollis ‘Tasmanian Angel’ is an unusual and spectacularly variegated foliage plant to  create a bright feature in your shade garden.  This variegated form of the Acanthus (Bear’s Breeches) displays a pale yellow and green leaf emerging in early spring; the dramatic variegation is emphasized as the yellow pales to ivory white, and the green deepens to a rich lustrous green.  The leaf form also adds to the drama, with it’s deeply scalloped edge and large scale when mature.  A mature plant will send up a spike of pale pink and white flowers up to 5′ tall.

Tasmanian Angel will make a bold clump about 3′ x 3′ if you provide a deep rich soil in part sun to shade in zones 7 – 10 .    Deer resistant.

Other varieties of the Bear’s Breeches available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery include Acanathus mollis ‘Hollard’s Gold’ with golden leaves.

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Lapageria rosea Chilean Bellflower Vine

DSC_03150844[1]I first remember seeing this vine in bloom at a local rare plant nursery and knew I had to have one!   None were available immediately, so I put my name on a long waiting list and was finally able to acquire one for my personal collection.  I am pleased to now offer these vines for sale at Peacock Horticultural Nursery. 

Botanically named for Napoleon’s empress Lapagerie, the common name (Chilean Bellflower) reflects its heritage as the national flower for Chile. 

Lapagerias are wiry evergreen vines with leathery, deep green leaves that can twine up to 15 feet.   The dazzling beauty of the these vines is the 4″  waxy red bell-shaped flowers that open from summer to fall.   Varieties offer flower color ranging from dark red to pure white, with various shades in between, to a beautiful picotee selection with white flowers with red edges.   Flowers will often have a stippling of white.  While most of hybrid seedlings produce flower colors in various hues of red, the less common white forms are  possible, but they are all stunning flowers.

Lapageria roseaLapergeria vines grow best in bright shade in a rich well drained soil.   I have successfully grown these  in my USDA zone 8b garden with some protection from frost.  They also do well in a large pot that you could then move to protection in areas with harsh winters.