Epimedium, commonly called Barrenwort
or Bishop's Mitre, is a close relative of our spiky berberis and mahonia and can be a wonderful addition to the shady corners of your garden for almost 12 months of the year.
(For the information specific to your region, contact your local cooperative extension or university.) Perennials, such as Barrenwort
(Epimedium), are good for dry shade, and don't need to be replanted.
Growing at their feet are a vast variety of herbaceous plants - windflower, goatsbeard, ginger, bergenia, turtlehead, bugsbane, barrenwort
, wintergreen, yellow waxbells, woodland phlox, barren strawberry, bloodroot and dozens of others.
and under Bishop's weed Aegopodium podagaria 4-8 Bugleweed Ajuga reptans 4-9 Carpathian Campanula carpatica 3-8 bellflower False rockcress Aubrieta deltoidea 4-8 Maiden pink Dianthus deltoides 4-9 Red barrenwort
Epimedium rubrum 4-8 Rockcress Arabis caucasica 4-7 Snow-in-summer Cerastium tomentosum 3-7 Medium: Bleeding heart Dicentra spectabilis 4-9 12-24 in.
LANDSCAPE NOTES: Barrenwort
is an outstanding ground cover for naturalizing under woodland trees and for rock gardens.