Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Polygonatum aka Solomons Seal

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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Jan 21, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Another favourite shade plant of mine. There are variegated and non variegated varieties; some have fragrant flowers. The creamy white flowers dangle from the leaf axils in spring to early summer and then blue- black berries replace them. There are shorter varieties of 1-2 feet to a giant variety that can be 7 feet tall. They prefer cool shade; can be slow to establish but once they take hold they are steady increasers. They can be a bit invasive over time, but are easy enough to divide if they spread a little far. Slugs can occasionally be a problem, and the lily beetle as well, but I have found the beetle prefers plants in the sun. The foliage turns a lovely golden in the fall. This is not a dramatic plant, but what I would call a subtle beauty. It is very hardy, to zone 3.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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Jan 21, 2016 4:41 PM CST
I agree A lovely shade plant.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jan 22, 2016 9:34 PM CST
I have a large area of the variegated Polygonatum and love the look of it in all seasons.

Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
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Jan 23, 2016 3:51 AM CST
I have Solomons Seal in many of my shade garden areas. They are beautiful in their own right, but they also are a key element for me from a design perspective with their vertical structural form. They are great companion plantings to almost everything. For the most part, it has always been deer resistant for me, but last year for the first time, the deer ate them in one of the gardens farthest away from the house.
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Jan 23, 2016 6:35 AM CST
Solomon's seal is a very graceful and elegant plant. I would not be without it in a shade garden. It grows near black walnuts as well.
Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier
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Jan 24, 2016 3:14 AM CST
To me, Soloman's Seal lends a sense of distinction to the shade setting.
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Jan 24, 2016 1:45 PM CST
I used to have some lovely patches of Solomon's Seal in the midwest--wonderful architecture in the shade garden Thumbs up
I have tried unsuccessfully to grow them here Sad
I don't know? Too hot/too dry/too salty and alkaline?? Too something and too bad/so sad

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