They say that as gardeners we ‘grow’ into an appreciation for most anything that grows, and when it comes to this wonderful native woodlander, it couldn’t be closer to the truth. Let me explain…..
I’m all about soothing colours in the garden: blue first and foremost, followed closely by pink, purple and the palest of yellows! [think whipped butter!] I rarely grew anything that stood out like a beacon! Of course with the introduction of ‘fabulously chartreuse’ all of this was tipped on its proverbial ear! I cannot live without the colour……
But back to the glaring subject matter at hand: Red rarely ever appears in my garden, and certainly not in combination with yellow! Correction: it didn’t used to! Then along came this spellbounding beauty!
Spigelia marilandica is a North American native that is still relatively rare to most gardens, and tis all the more a pity. Fabulous blue green oppositely placed foliage is a perfect foil for the startling trumpet shaped flowers that end in a shocking pale yellow star shaped pattern. Achieving heights of 40cm by approximately the same in width, it does, over time create a wonderful clumping habit. Perhaps its best attribute [aside of its startling beauty] is that it is one of the most hummingbird friendly magnets a person can choose for their garden. Hardy to Zone 5, it appreciates a partially shaded location, in humus enriched, acidic soil. I’ve planted mine in a small container with Cheilanthes lanosa, commonly known as the ‘hairy lipped fern’ where their distinct bluish grey foliages commingle most becomingly! Also great in a woodland bed where its distinct trumpet shaped flowers will be fully appreciated to their ultimate beatific potential! It was added to our inventory last season and flew off the benches! We’ll definitely be ordering more this year!
40cm x 30cm; North American native woodlander; partial shade with well draining, humus rich, acidic soils. Hardy to Zone 5.