Beautiful blooms in the shade from Toad Lily--

Toad  Lily (aka Tricyrtis)  need a good PR firm–

First  the research guys would order a name change.

Then they’d roll out a big ad campaign with lots of bold text and exclamation points–

TOUGH–SHADE LOVING PERENNIAL !!  LONG BLOOMING–LATE BLOOMING–EASY TO GROW!!!!

LIGHT UP THOSE DARK PLACES WITH THIS TROPICAL-LOOKING GEM!!!!

Then maybe more gardeners would get to know this great plant.     Toad Lily is perfect in front of my two Pittosporum bushes in a dark spot by the porch steps.   These plants started blooming in late August and they’re still blooming in October.

Toad Lily mixes well with other shade lovers --Like these pittisporum--in my Apex garden

All the headlines are true.  

Toad Lily  has only two draw backs (besides its unbecoming name):

It’s more  expensive than lots of other perennials.  Must be hard to propagate and slow-growing.  Still check out the big selection at Big Bloomers in Sanford.  They have the best prices around. 

Toad Lily is  slow to emerge in the Spring, so make sure you mark the spot so you won’t accidentally dig it up. 

Grow it where you would impatients and ferns.  Toad Lilies flop at my house so I like having it by the path.  It’s a nice way to showcase the blooms, which look more beautiful the closer you get.   

Great for southern shade gardens–you should grow Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis)

 

 

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