Epimediums are lovely, airy plants that give the impression of fragility. Not so. Epimediums are tough little plants that can take a nasty winter and bounce back in the spring with a flourish of dainty flowers. There are many epimedium cultivars available to home gardeners. I have three varieties. Pictured above is Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’.
It takes its name from its yellow flowers, which look a bit like tiny daffodils. The way the flowers dangle from the arching stems reminds me a bit of fushia’s pink dancers.
The resemblance is more notable in my other two plants. The taller of the two is Epimedium x rubrum, which reaches about a foot and a half in height.
Rubrum features sprays of pretty pink and white flowers, while to its left is Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Red Beauty’, with darker rose flowers. Epimediums enjoy a partly shaded location in the garden.