HARDY PERENNIALS: POLYGONATUM

This is best known as ‘Solomon’s Seal’, a plant for cool shady positions or a wild-garden, rather than in an open bed or border. The crowns form a mat just below the surface and though it takes a year or so for new plantings to settle down, once established they spread slowly but surely and need no more attention, given reasonably good soil, not too dry. The most usual Solomon’s Seal grown is the free flowering P. multi-tiflorum, but P. japonicum has larger leaves and flowers, and is a little taller at 3 feet. There is a variegated leaved form of the latter which is rather scarce. Autumn is the best time to move or plant Polygonatums, and it pays to give them a good start preparing a place within the influence of tree roots by thorough digging, adding compost, manure or peat.

POLYGONATUM multiflorum

POLYGONATUM multiflorum

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