Epimedium × warleyense
An airy spray of warm-orange flowers trembling above soft-green foliage marbled lightly in cherry-red - look for the lemon middle and the woodpecker-green anthers inside the flowers
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Pretty and versatile with distinctive, heart-shaped leaves, and a spreading habit, epimediums bring lightness and airiness to a shady border. The leaves of this cultivar are semi-evergreen and red-tinted in spring and autumn, and in spring, tiny flowers the colours of sunset are suspended on wiry stems. The colourful heart-shaped leaves provide spectacular all-year foliage interest for shady areas or under deciduous trees. A lovely groundcover plant.
- Garden care: In early spring remove dead and damaged leaves before the flowers appear and apply a thick mulch of compost or well-rotted compost around the crown of the plant. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.