More low-maintenance plant suggestions

Looking at the snow covered ground, it was a treat to think about plants and suggest some low-maintenance plants for the interesting smiling gardener website. But what a hard task: to choose favourites from the 300 star plants in Gardening from a Hammock.

Tight on space, the website article includes only the Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum) and Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) we recommended.

So here we share the third favourite:

Epimedium is an underused low-maintenance plant that is a workhorse the spreads slowly to form a groundcover in hard to plant dry shade or sun. Called Barrenwort or Bishop’s Hat (from the shape of the flower), this drought-tolerant plant has heart-shaped, red/green leaves with small flowers in a variety of colours: red (Epimedium x ‘rubrum’) yellow (Epimedium × versicolor ‘Sulphureum’) or white (Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’). These elegant but tough plants will grow under just about anything, include Maple Trees. Leaves are semi-evergreen depending on your zone. They’re drought tolerant, have delicate flowers in a variety of colours, and lovely heart-shaped leaves that turn red, purple or bronze in the fall depending on the cultivar.

Photo is Epimedium x ‘rubrum’

Epimedium x rubrum-Dan photo.jpg

For some more interesting recommendations for plants that are easy to grow and maintain, check out this link:

http://www.smilinggardener.com/plants/low-maintenance-plants