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Regional Picks: Large-Leaved Perennials – Northwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

1. Fairy Wings Epimedium

Name: Epimedium wushanense

USDA hardiness zones: 6 to 9

Size: Up to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Conditions: Partial shade; fertile, moist, well-drained soil

Fairy wings epimedium is just now becoming more widely available. Each slowly spreading clump can reach 3 feet wide in as many years. The large leaves are evergreen in Zones 7 and warmer, reaching 2 or more feet long from base to tip. The 1-inch-wide cream-and-yellow flowers are held at or above the foliage, creating a pleasing contrast. Fairy wings epimedium is a tough customer for dry shade with root competition. Water it every few weeks, though, and add a generous layer of mulch to achieve the greatest size. Divide when clumps become congested to hasten its spread. In colder zones, treat this plant as a deciduous species and cut it back each year in early spring.

 

2. Hardy Foot Begonia

Name:Begonia pedatifida

Zones: 7 to 11

Size: Up…

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