1. Shredded Umbrella Plant
Name: Syneilesis aconitifolia
USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 8
Size: 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; fertile, well-drained soil
In the world of big green umbrellas, plants with leaves of the shredded kind carry extra panache. Shredded umbrella plant is a ligularia relative with dissected, fingerling leaves rising from fuzzy silver buds in spring. It is best suited for the edge of a shade garden. Over a few seasons, it colonizes into a stately mass, barely a few feet wide, but the leaves unfurl into a canopy up to 3 feet tall. In flower, it’s not much to look at; the off-white tufts play second fiddle to the leaves.
2. Ornamental Rhubarb
Name: Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum
Zones: 5 to 9
Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist soil
What’s not to love about rhubarb, even if it’s not harmonizing…
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