Epimedium ‘Sweetheart’ has gorgeous deep pink and white flowers and they open in loose sprays above and below the foliage. The soft green leaves have a mahogany border that gives the plant a nice accent, turning green in summer. An evergreen that thrives in a shady spot. Highly recommended.
Epimediums are good for planting beneath trees, in shaded borders, as shady ground covers or in well cared for pots. They are dry tolerant and surprisingly tough.
Epimediums are clump forming rhizomatous perennials native to woodland areas. They grow best in moist, humus rich, sandy soils. Plant in a part shade to bright light position.
Fertilise and mulch Epimediums in winter, they love the soil to be rich in composting leaves so don't hold back with dumping them on when they fall in autumn. It is best to divide your Epimedium clumps every 3-5 years. It is a good idea to protect new foliage from slugs and snails.
Cut back your Epimedium foliage late winter or early spring, to allow the new leaves and flowers to shine on spring emergence, just as you would a Hellebore/Winter Rose. Epimediums are also known as Bishop’s Hats and Horny Goat Weed.
Epimedium x rubrum
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Semi Shade to Full Shade