Flowers with some flair to their shape or arrangement make the garden more interesting with their diversity. The Polygonatum commutatum (giant solomon’s seal) and Lamprocampnos spectabilis ‘Alba’ (which used to be Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’, white bleeding heart) are displaying their flowers like strands of jewels. The blooms on these perennials dangle from horizontal stems in a row. Both of these perennials tolerate a high amount of shade, and don’t mind life under the trees.
The Polygonatum commutatum (giant solomon’s seal) suspends its charms from arching stems, like a necklace. They are shaped like narrow bells, with the bottoms flaring out in a small ruffle. The cream coloured flower has a small green band on the lower edge. The blooms of this perennial are very appealing with their simple bell shapes all strung out along the stem. Sometimes two or three charms hang together from one junction. The solomon’s seal flowers bloom for about 4 weeks.
Above is a picture of Polygonatum commutatum flowers with a Hosta ‘Francee’ leaf on the left. Both plants have a similar green and cream colour scheme. The Hosta leaf has a narrow creamy white band around the edges, while the cream coloured Solomon’s seal flowers have a green band, and faint green lines through them. The little jewels decorate some of the shadiest area of my garden, adding lightness to the deeper shade. There are more pictures of Solomon’s seal in this previous post.
The Lamprocampnos spectabilis ‘Alba‘ (bleeding heart) pretty white hearts drape like pendants from horizontal stems. Your eye naturally follows the the long line of dangling hearts to the end of each stem, leading to the next plant. My bleeding hearts have white Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley) flowers under them, as you can see in the above photo.
These white bleeding hearts are planted next to some pink tulips. The Foxtrot tulips have been flowering for over a month, and are coming to an end. However, the bleeding hearts will be blooming for a while. Their flowers usually last for about 5 weeks. There are more photos of white bleeding hearts in this previous post.
The perennials that are embellished with hanging flowers add interest to the garden. They encourage your eye to travel horizontally, as you follow the strong lines of flowers, and on to the next plant. Their unique arrangements decorate the garden with garlands of beauty.
Convallatia majalis sneaked into the collage on the upper left, Lamprocampnos spectabilis is on the upper right, and below left is Polygonatum commutatum.