Day 92: trillium

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Trillium chloropetalum  in a ferny pot

Trillium chloropetalum in a ferny pot

Every now and then, you should treat your garden to something a little out of the ordinary and, unless you’re particularly up for a challenge, not too hard to grow. Trilliums fall into that category for me – they’re not outlandishly rare, but you probably won’t find them in your local garden centre or DIY shed. Lovers of shade and deep, humus rich soils, their mottled leaves and maroon flowers (three petals, three leaves... they like to keep things triply consistent) insist gently upon your attention. This year, I need to set about propagating them – they take a fiendishly long time to flower from seed, so it’s a long committment. Worth the effort? Ask me in six or seven years.


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