Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

This member-only article is part of our All Access subscription.

Member only

Regional Picks: Large-Leaved Perennials – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

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…

This article is only available to All Access members

This article is available online for the first time ever exclusively for All Access members. Sign up for a free trial to access our entire collection of articles, videos, and plant records.

Start Free Trial

View Comments


Log in or become a member to post a comment on this article.

Related Articles

The Latest

Magazine Cover

Take your passion for plants to the next level

Subscribe today and save up to 44%

"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."


View All