Friday, June 24, 2011

The Plant Everyone Wanted

When I wrote a column about George Schmid's garden in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, I included this picture of Farfugium japonicum 'Argentea'.  Everyone wanted it, but it was nowhere to be found at the time.  

Farfugium used to be known as Ligularia, so if you're looking for this shade-loving beauty, it could be hiding out under a different name.  Plants like this can really make an impact in the garden.  Imagine a clump of these leaves next to a boxwood with perhaps some ferns on the other side.  In the background, plant a cutleaf Japanese maple.  To bring out the variegation in the farfugium, add a white-leaved liriope to the scene.  

When you're out in the nurseries or surfing the Internet and you see a rare variation like this one, grab it and do some experimenting.

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