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Epimediums

Discussion in 'Container Gardening' started by Linz, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Linz

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    Have just come across these pretty little plants and Dr. Google tells me they are good for dry shade (and also the common name is horny goat weed.)

    Does anyone grow them, if so, are they good plants for pots? The area I have in mind is on a slabbed patio in full shade from 10am ish onwards, so no open ground for them.
    Has anyone used it to make a tincture??
    Are there any particular types that grow better than others? So far epimedium koreanum and rubra (for the red leaves) have taken my eye. Also alpinium, one called "amber queen".

    Any thoughts welcome :smile:
     
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      Oooo I LUV these plants Linz :wub2:but as yet haven't got any ...will be looking out for them myself but would rather SEE the plant im buying, in preference to ordering them online....so this year im on the hunt too...so will keep you posted butt :thumbsup:
       
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        Thanks Bee. Yep this concerns me too.. so suppliers/nurseries (even if online) that stock decent plants would be brilliant too :dbgrtmb:
         
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          I've taken a shine to this little luverly too....since @longk posted a beeutiful piccy of one of his
          It also put me in mind of the Epimedium's.... but although like the Epimediums it like's shade it prefers it moist :imphrt:

          Saxifraga stolonifera

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            Oh, those are soo very pretty! Love the red stems. That's another added to the list, thanks :biggrin:
             
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              "PINK ELF"
              This is the one who took my fancy :wub2:- and I am tempted to order thru this Nursery although I have no previous experience ordering with them- If anyone else on GC can recommend them please do :dbgrtmb:
              Long Acre Plants Epimedium 'Pink Elf'
               
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                [email protected] it is GAWJUS :imphrt:....and i can hope to get one of these in Carmarthen....so will let you know :thumbsup:
                 
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                  That's another good one for the 2018 wish list :blue thumb:
                   
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                    I've never grown Epimedium but they are readily available in GCs at the moment.

                    Saxifraga stolonifera is good for pots. Probably better in pots as it can be protected if it gets arctic.
                    I found a smaller leaved variety today with the culivar name of 'Hime' and I suspect that will be around in the alpine sections of most GCs too.
                     
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                      Yes, have two large ones, not in bloom yet. One is a split of the other years ago. should split it again.

                      here from last year. I put in 100 more of those white bells past fall, so will have lots of those.
                       
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                        I've got an epimedium that I bought in B&Q about this time last year. Really like it, but it's looking very brown and sad at the moment so I'm hoping it's going to rejuvenate as the weather improves...
                         
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                          Mine is only branchy for a better word, no leaves. not worried at all.
                           
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                            Thanks Longk and 2nd bassoon, not been to BnQ for a few weeks so will check there tomorrow. Failing that I'll be on a hunt next weekend :)

                            Redstar, now that is lush! What's it planted with, brunnera? The lovely leaves in the bottom right corner too, what is that? Would you say they would be ok in pots?

                            Edit: Doh! It's Easter Sunday, shops are closed! :rolleyespink: :doh:
                             
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                              LOL, :snorky: Now I want to go shopping tomorrow too!
                              Farmyard nurseries in Carmarthen have them advertised Linz but are currently out of stock, maybe worth giving them a shout,:dunno: who knows they may even be open on Easter Sunday.... If so I'll see ya there :heehee:
                               
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                                two things there, May Apples and Virginia Blue bells (with blue flowers) In a pot, not sure. they like to be outside under a blanket of snow all winter, the earth gives them the temp they want, etc.

                                BTW I have millions of May Apples in various parts of my woodlands, those you see I 'let" stay, want just enough. they can get out of hand, have to yank out when too much. However, in garden shops, if found, go for $3. a pot.
                                 
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