We have A Winner!

varisolomonseal2 Variegated Solomon Seal was the winner of the 2013 PPA(Perennial Plant Association) award.  I really like this plant. Very self-sufficient, Variegated Solomon Seal spreads slowly to develop a nice-sized clump in the shade garden.  All it requires is moderate moisture. In the spring, these dainty white flowers provide a lovely color echo for the variegation on the leaves.

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Solomon Seal has a long season of interest.  Here it is in mid-October in zone 4b, still green and looking good. In the shade garden you depend more on foliage to carry the day, so this makes Solomon Seal, variegated or not, an ideal choice.  I’m leery of too much variegation anywhere in the garden because it quickly becomes jarring. But this variegation is like gently painted edges—very attractive and not overdone.

In fact, elegant is how I would describe both the variegation and the arching stems of this undemanding shade perennial.

Pick some up next season, if you have a shady spot. It’s always good to have a winner on your team.

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