While doing some fall cleanup in my garden this weekend I noticed some bare and barren areas under oak trees and hollies in one corner of the garden. The soil under these plants can be compact and extremely dry and the areas are in deep shade as well.
One perennial that grows well under these conditions is the mighty Epimedium. It being the perfect time of year for digging, dividing and transplanting Epimedium I spent a couple of hours improving this part of the garden. Though small and fragile looking, Epimedium perform well in dry shade and poor soil better than most other plants. Epimedium flower in April and May and varieties include flower colors of purple, yellow, pink and white.
Foliage remains attractive all summer long with many varieties having variegation in the leaves and beautiful fall color!