Autumn Fern. There's common names for you. Don't expect fireworks in the fall from this one because you get them all spring and summer with the new fronds unfurling a pinky coppery red before they age to the expected green. Very showy and one of the best evergreen ferns.
We love seeing this False Hellebore when we are hiking up to Marmot Pass or Mt Townsend in the Olympics. Always growing in dappled light or partly sunny spts where there is ample moisture, the big wide pleated leaves are perfect with the drooping plume-like green flowers. Deer proof.
We were completely blown away by the plant we saw in full fruit in the exceptional garden at Dancing Oaks and sad to say, we did doth covet our neighbors plant with lust in our hearts. Leonard and Fred thought it prudent to sell us one. To 6'-8' with soft yellow flowers and dripping with clusters of salmon fruit.
Think of this as a woodland Salvia which blooms in the Fall. This Japanese jewel brings an unexpected and welcome shot of color to the shade garden in Fall with airy panicles to 3 or 4 feet holding zillions of small tubular purple-blue flowers. Something nice to look if you are overloaded on the reds-oranges-yellows classic colors.
Semi-evergreen fern with orderly ranks of slanted puckered and feathery pinnae which are the leaflets. Such foliar intricacy challenges Latin scientific description and has left more than one botanist mumbling incoherently and changing careers to become a long-haul trucker or didgeridoo busker. Hard to beat for that lacy delicate look in the shade garden and this takes dry conditions surprisingly well once established.
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