New Colorful Toad Lily

By Charlie Nardozzi

Toad lilies (Tricyrtis formosana) are moisture-loving, shade tolerant perennials that are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8. They flower in late summer and early fall, offering color and interest in the garden when few other perennials are blooming. Now there's a new toad lily variety that features more attractive leaves and a longer bloom time. 'Gilt Edge' toad lily produces 1-inch-diameter, deep pink, orchid-like blooms in late summer that last into fall. The real selling point, though, is the leaves. The dollar bill-sized green leaves have golden yellow, jagged edging and stay vibrant into fall. 'Gilt Edge' grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide and can tolerate boggy soils.

For more information on this new toad lily, go to: Wayside Gardens.

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