Epimedium 2013

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Mark McD
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Epimedium 2013

Let me kick off the Epimedium 2013 topic here in January, by highlighting some nursery sources. Choice Epimedium are becoming more available, and prices are starting to come down (although depends on where you shop). I have started the following list, please feel free to add links to additional nursery resources, indicating where the nursery is located.

Epimedium resources

Garden Vision Epimediums - Massachusetts, USA
"The Source" for extensive offering of accurately named Epimedium, including many of their own offerings by Epimedium guru Darrell Probst, now operated by Karen Perkins proprietor. No true interactive website other than an old photo gallery at: http://home.earthlink.net/~darrellpro/
Contact Karen Perkins at epimediums@earthlink.net and request a catalog, instead of using the contact link on the photo gallery page. In May there vare two "open nursery weekends", not to be missed.

Free Spirit Nursery - British Columbia, Canada
Epimedium introductions, 'Atlas', 'Spring Hearts', 'Spring Chocolate'
http://www.freespiritnursery.ca/plantintros.html

Thimble Farms Nursery - British Columbia, Canada, they do ship to the US.
Excellent affordable list of Epimedium, including the new 'Atlas' from Free Spirit Nursury.
http://www.thimblefarms.com/perennials%20a-g.html

Lazy S'S Farm - Virginia, USA
Pretty good listing of Epimedium, some choice items and good pricing
http://www.lazyssfarm.com/Plants/Perennials/E_files/E.htm

Collector's Nursery - Washington, USA
Very good listing of Epimedium, many of their own hybrids, fair prices.
http://www.collectorsnursery.com/cat03/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2...

Plant Delights Nursery - North Carolina, USA
Very good listing of Epimedium, many of their own hybrids, prices on the high side.
http://www.plantdelights.com/E/products/825/2/0

It should be noted, that on some of the nursery lists I have looked at, there are a few misnomers/mis-IDs, where the photo does not match the species or cultivar. Be sure to research to make sure you're getting the right thing.

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McDonough wrote:

Lazy S'S Farm - Virginia, USA
Pretty good listing of Epimedium, some choice items and good pricing
http://www.lazyssfarm.com/Plants/Perennials/E_files/E.htm

Enthousiastic people there in Virginia. They like Epimediums. But their claim, 'Epimediums are popular in Europe' is hilarious. From whom do they get this information. On the contrary: Epimediums are not popular in Europe at all. Epimediums are used here as a groundcover under deciduous trees and shrubs in parks. And as one forget to cut down the old leaves, the plants look always if they are going to die.

Many magnificent cutivars at PDN! But oddly pictures.

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They are pretty popular in the UK, but I suppose it is stiil amongst a relatively small number of plantspeople. Longacre Nursery always has good established plants in good variety, and in Edrom's catalogue I've just counted up 52 epimediums, a lot of them from Japan. In our relatively dry summer climate I've found many slow and difficult to establish (and in gardens prone to rabbits they are rapidly nibbled down), so that might put some gardeners off persevering with them. Last year was very wet and they have grown much better and I would very much like to try more, especially after seeing Mark's photos over the year.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

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Tim wrote:

They are pretty popular in the UK, but I suppose it is stiil amongst a relatively small number of plantspeople. Longacre Nursery always has good established plants in good variety, and in Edrom's catalogue I've just counted up 52 epimediums, a lot of them from Japan.

Well, most garden lovers have some species or cultivars of Epimedium. In rock gardens or shade gardens however we should find dozens of Epimediums, but no way. For some years I visited the great gardens of Scotland, but Epimediums were hard to find.
Most nurseries have in their catalogue some standard size amount of E. Longacre Nursery f.i. 23 items. I am not impressed.
Edrom is the champion indeed. Every year new species,
The Epimedium thread on the SRGC is not very impressive

In my country, Holland some nurseries try to enlarge their assortment, but mostly you can not find what they promise in their catalogue.
Best nursery in Western Europe is Koen van Poucke from Belgium, let's say the only nursery with over a 100 species and cultivars available.
On the VRV/NRV forum, the meeting point of plant-lovers in the low countries, only 2 people post messages

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Oh, and I have forgotten to mention Danielle Monbaliu from 'Epimedium Nursery', Oostkamp Belgium. Please have a look on her website.

http://www.epimedium.be/

Tim Ingram
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Someone mentioned a good nursery in France too? There probably need to be some good articles or book/booklets on the genus. Japanese gardeners tend to specialise in particular types of plants and produce wonderfully illustrated books on them - I have a few on hellebores and hepaticas. With all the new hybrids of epis something similar would be good. I prefer to think of them as part of that fascinating group of herbaceous Berberidaceae, all of which seem well worth growing. (I would love to grow Ranzania for example - a very rare plant in gardens here).

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Mark McD
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gerrit wrote:

The Epimedium thread on the SRGC is not very impressive

Gerrit, check out the Epimedium 2012 topic on SRGC, it was a busy year that year, 38 pages long:
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=4769.0

gerrit wrote:

Oh, and I have forgotten to mention Danielle Monbaliu from 'Epimedium Nursery', Oostkamp Belgium. Please have a look on her website.
http://www.epimedium.be/

Hmmm, having some trouble on that website, language links for Nederlands and Francais work but English is not a live link. Using the French link, the plant list is 2011, it is 2012 using the nederlands link, no photos, just a list.  Photos link in the francais link is broken, photo link in nederlands link works, shows an alphabet list of links, but "E" for Epimedium is a broken link.  I'm afraid, not much to see there :-(

In the big horticultural scheme of things, Epimediums are not at all widely grown here in the US either, but they're growing in popularity, I think mostly because the gardening public, who believe nothing grows in shade, is hearing the marketing that these plants can be grown in dry shade.  The other reason why Epimediums are not as grown as widespread as, lets say, Hemerocallis (daylilies), is because they are slower to grow and propagate, and there are very few large scale growers of Epimedium.  Price has lots to do with it too, and these plants are still very expensive to purchase.

So far, have two Epimedium orders sent out, planning on placing at least two more orders, all very exciting, can't wait for spring.

@Tim, I too would love to find Ranzania, its been on my list for a long time.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Mark McD
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For those of you on Facebook, there is an active Epimedium Group:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/125709130884970/

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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Epimediums have at least one fan in Norway too (guess who!) but it is hard to find domestic nurseries with more than 2 species  :-\

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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McDonough wrote:

Gerrit, check out the Epimedium 2012 topic on SRGC, it was a busy year that year, 38 pages long:
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=4769.0

Mark: SRGC topic 2010: 36 pages
                          2011: 2 pages
                          2012: 3 pages

2010 was a busy and interesting year indeed.

Mark McD
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Just got my NARGS Seed exchange order.  This year I noticed seed of Epimedium ecalcaratum, about 10 dried seed.  I ordered this as an experiment, with the belief allowing the seed to dry out this way kills the seed.  If I get any germination, I'll report back.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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