Vancouveria is a plant from the damp woodlands of Canada, as one would expect from its name – a useful ground cover for moist and shady places on the rockery, producing carpets of lobedabove which rise the wiry flower , it is not a particular thing of beauty – just a large-leaved carpeter which your friends will fail to recognise. Vancouveria is closely related to Epimedium – both are members of the Barberry family. One is traditionally classed as a border plant and the other as a rockery one – at least it illustrates just how artificial some of the dividing lines really are.
VARIETIES: There is just one species – V. hexandra. The basic details are height 9 in., spread 1 ft.
Flowering period: May. Theare small and white, and unlike Epimedium the above-ground growth dies down in winter.
SITE AND SOIL: Any humus-rich soil – thrives best in partial shade.
PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in spring.
By careful selection you can ensure that your rockery will have flowers nearly all year round. For each month there is a list of perennials which can be expected to be in full bloom – remember that some of these plants may come into flower earlier and can continue to bloom for many weeks afterwards.