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2013 Perennial Plant of the Year Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegata'
Variegated Solomon's Seal
Also known as fragrant or striped Solomon's Seal, this plant is a perennial favorite in MY book, as well as my garden! In this photo from my woodland garden, I have it planted with yellow violas for a stunning spring combo! If you are familiar with the beauty and easy care of the native green-leaf Polygonatum, you simply must try this stellar variegated variety, with lovely little white bells hanging below the arching stems, as well as lovely golden fall foliage. It is a mid- to late-bloomer, but keeps it's variegation throughout the growing season. Solomon's Seal is a phenomenal performer in a shade to part-shade perennial, rock or woodland garden, growing to a maximum of only 24" and forming gorgeous colonies without being considered invasive. This is one tough shade perennial! It can take most soil conditions, thriving with benign 'neglect', only needing an occasional feeding with an organic fertilizer or compost a couple times a year. Divide plants in spring or fall and plant the rhizomes just below the soil surface. Pests and diseases rarely bother this carefree plant! Plant Solomon's Seal in a shady border along with shade-loving perennials such as heuchera, ferns, astilbe and hosta, and forget it! This plant is a must-have for ANY garden, truly outstanding!