As gardeners we tend to get a little stuck as to what to grow in the shade, but we have just the thing…..Epidemiums!
Epimediums have heart-shaped leaves and a spreading habit, and are a natural fit for shady borders and tricky dry areas under trees and shrubs. The foliage means they’re prized as ground cover plants, but the tiny, star-like flowers in spring are just beautiful and complement other spring bulbs like hellebores and other early-flowering plants.
You may know Epimedium as barrenwort or bishop’s hat, but it’s also called fairy wings, horny goat weed, or yin yang huo. It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae. In the wild, they are found in woodlands of China, Japan and eastern parts of Europe. They can be slow to establish but worth persevering. Keep them looking their best by removing old leaves off evergreen varieties in early spring, before the flowers start to emerge.
Find this and a wide range of other shade-loving plants at Bumbles!