Hi Jeanie, too funny because toad lilies are another one of my favorites
. I'm not nominating any shade plants myself because I just can't pick a single favorite LOL, but I'm having lots of fun joining in the discussions on the nominations of the ones that I like the most. So far I have managed to collect 11 different toad lily cultivars and am always on the lookout for more. Years ago when my only exposure to them was pictures in catalogs, they really didn't seem appealing to me, but once I actually saw one I immediately changed my mind. Really nice foliage and the exotic flowers were much smaller and daintier than what I thought from just seeing the pictures. They look great in woodland shade and bloom in the fall to extend the gardening season interest. I can't figure out the deer pattern though - they eat some of the cultivars and leave other cultivars alone, and there doesn't seem to be any unifying characteristics between them
I'm trying to pair them with Japanese anemones because they both bloom in the fall.