Teeny Tiny Shade-loving Plants

Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double'
I never mastered the army crawl. But if I had, or found I could, I'd be doing it around my garden to get a better look at the new guys I planted last spring. The most surprising was Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double'. This diminutive anemone-relative immediately disappeared right after I planted it last May, so I didn't count on its return.

I spotted it because I was searching the area for the Epimedium I'd also planted in the area, so I had the typical hunched-over posture of a gardener in springtime.

Epimediums aren't flashy plants, but they really know how to put on a show. On 'Candy Hearts', the leaves emerge like elongated purple hearts
Epimedium 'Candy Hearts'
At the same time, taller stalks appear with clusters of dark buds bending them gently toward the ground. By the time the flowers open, the leaves take on their summer color, in the case of 'Candy Hearts', a deep green gently edged in purple. The flowers have the typical winged petals that I imagine is part of what makes them popular among fairies looking for a new chapeau.

Two others are taking their times waking up to the off-and-on spring weather. 'Bandit' is easy to remember because of its dark-ringed leaves. 'Domino' has speckled leaves.

Flowers of Epimedium 'Bandit' are quite large for the plant's leaf size.
Epimedium 'Domino'

Flower close-up of Epimedium 'Domino' just before opening fully.

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