Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'
(+ Epimedium x versicolor 'Cupreum' spring foliage)

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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty' - in flower    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'
in flower during May, with delicate rosy-
lavender and white flowers. By this time
the fantastic red spring foliage has turned
nearly all green.  

(this photo and the next load as one gallery).

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty' - contrasting summer foliage    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'
during the summer months continues to
sprout new leaves of bright red, sharply
contrasting with the fresh green or tan-
flushed summer foliage.

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty' - spring foliage   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'
in spring is a sight to see, with burnished
leather red foliage, that ages through soft
muted, carnous pinkish red tones.

Epimedium x versicolor 'Cupreum' - fantastic spring foliage   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Epimedium x versicolor 'Cupreum' -
wonderful old hybrid that I've grown for
nearly twenty years. It has gorgeous
Pepperomia-like leaves drenched in a deep
red-brown color, accented with chartreuse
veining.  The flowers are uniquely toned 
as well, an odd but appealing copper hue.

The Epimediums (or Eppies as I like to call them) are marvelous
garden plants that combine only the best characteristics. They are
hardy and extremely long-lived, taking neglect and dry shade if they
must, although they certainly do better and prosper under more 
favorable conditions with sufficient moisture.  The leaves are
terrific in many ways, often richly colored, quaintly shaped, and
always elegantly positioned.  The flowers too, are lovely,
in a variety of colors, spurred and winged like bees in flight.

Links to Epimedium plant sources

Darrell Probst's Garden Vision catalog breaks new ground and seems
impossibly fantastic!  The range of Epimedium wonders surpasses the
wildest imagination. Click here to view his web page, but better yet,
send an e-mail at darrellpro@earthlink.net for a catalog well worth
getting for the information alone, and of course, there's a huge
offering of mouth-watering Epimediums. Both "Epi's" shown on
these pages are available from Darrell's nursery.  There are also
choice Iris and other woodland plants for your enticement.
Tony Avent's Plant Delights Nursery is equally mesmerizing, having
not only a great selection of Epimedium, but other garden treasures
unlikely to be found elsewhere. Visiting the website (with on-site
ordering available) is a great temptation... not for the weak willed.

All photos by Mark McDonough


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