All I Want for Christmas...

Epimedium 'Royal Flush'
I don't want flowers for Christmas, or even for my birthday, which is three weeks before that holiday. And I really prefer to wait for a fresh batch of new potted plants; they have a better chance for survival if added in March. Show me order forms from the places I've visited, and monetary sponsorship for the plants I've seen on my travels this summer.
Sure, it's a long list, and will entail some serious clearance of real estate thugs that have taken over valuable parcels of land in my garden. I've fallen for Epimedium in all its forms and species. Flower color is secondary to its talent as a ground cover that manages to shade out unwanted while looking like a chorus of gently swaying silken-clad dancers. Of course, I'm no expert on this plant; I just met it a few years ago and am just beginning to realize its value. If you're looking for variety recommendations and a bit about the different species, take a look at Pacific Horticulture Society article entitled Epimediums: Queen of the Woodland.

 Epimedium ecalcarata in early May.
I located a somewhat unusual species with bright yellow flowers and red stems. I bought Epimedium ecalcarata online in spring of 2012 from Edelweiss Perennials in Canby, Oregon. I had wanted to visit them when I was in Oregon in May, but my itinerary was getting out of hand. Anyway, it's a great source for unusual plants, for which I'm a sucker.
As for this particular species of Epimedium,

Epimedium ecalacarta in August.
I'm not even sure how I learn about it, but I've always been an information sponge when it comes to horticulture. I might see a plant I know nothing about mentioned in passing, and down the Google rabbit hole I go. But on my trip to Oregon in May, I was able to see a very nice selection of Epimediums in person at Sebright Gardens. This online retail nursery and display garden and garden center is known for its Hostas and ferns, both of which play pretty well with Epimedium.

Epimedium 'Bandit'

Epimedium 'Lilac Cascade'

From the photos I took at Sebright, these three are on my list:

  • Epimedium 'Bandit': 12" tall with white flowers
  • Epimedium 'Lilac Cascade': 10" tall with violet-lavender flowers
  • Epimedium 'Royal Flush': 14" with lavender flowers.
Epimedium 'Royal Flush'


  1. Shame on you! As if I were not addicted to Epimedium enough already. Now I have to add another one to my list.Rroyal Flush.

    1. I know, Gene - they're addictive! Does it seem there are more plants for shade available to the market than there were, say, 20 years ago?