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Solomon's Seal for Dry Shade

Polygonatum odoratum variegatum, The botanical name describes two components of this beauty. The creamy highlights against the green foliage are wonderful. I confess that I have never experienced the scent while standing up. I have to get on my hands and knees. Perhaps, I'm not there when a breeze lifts the scent. These plants can tolerate dry shade and will slowly spread. Incredibly, they look good even in the summer heat. Make sure that they are in a shady area though. These have been in my backyard for nine years. I believe we started with three to five plants. The second photo shows the colony as well as the dry condition we are in already. Look closely and you will see shoots that are still emerging and a few that I transplanted near the stone. I really make no effort with these other than applying leaf mulch in the fall. It is important to water your Solomon's Seal while it is establishing itself. I learned that these are close relatives of Lily of the Valley. As it happens, I have planted Lily of the Valley to the right of the Solomon Seal. Both do well in this dry shade location. No photos of the Lily of the Valley yet. They haven't emerged.

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