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Mid-Atlantic Regional Reports

Regional Picks: Variegated Plants for Shade—Mid-Atlantic

Fine Gardening - Issue 194

1. ‘Cobblewood Gold’ Bellwort

‘Cobblewood Gold’ Bellwort
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Uvularia sessilifolia ‘Cobblewood Gold’

Zones: 4–9

Size: 8 to 10 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, humus-rich soil

Native range: Eastern North America

Bellworts are one of my favorite native woodland-floor wildflowers. You certainly know spring has arrived when the wiry stems burst forth, displaying elegant yet bold emerald green foliage delicately edged in gold. Pendulous, pale yellow, bell-shaped flowers are gracefully displayed at the tip of each stem in early spring, a welcome sight for waking pollinators. Although this bellwort’s dainty appearance may fool you into thinking it may be fussy in the garden, I have found it to be rather adaptable. Place this delicate little beauty in a prime location along a woodland path for all to admire.


2. ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Jacob’s Ladder

‘Stairway to Heaven’ Jacob's Ladder
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Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Zones: 4–8

Size: 15 to 18 inches tall…

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