Native to both Asia and the South, these shade-loving perennials are worthy but relatively unknown additions to the woodland garden. In spring, colorful, bamboolike shoots emerge from rhizomes in shades of white, pink, purple-pink, or green. Shiny leaves are lance shaped. Fragrant spring flowers are bell shaped and dangle at the ends of the arching stems. Flowers are followed by purplish black berries. Plant in moist soil, rich in organic matter. Although many are evergreen, a cutback in early spring assures attractive new growth.
chinese fairy bells
- Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
- From China, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas.
- The plant forms an upright clump 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide and dies to the ground in cold weather.
- Flowers can be white or purple.
japanese fairy bell
- Almost exclusively grown as one of the following selections.
- Green Giant has white flowers and grows 46 feet tall.
- Night Heron has creamy white flowers born against dark purple spring foliage that fades to blackish green.
- Grows 24 feet tall.
- Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
- 'Awa-no-tsuki' makes a show all season with creamy yellow leaves edged in green, growing 1215 inches tall.
- Variegatum has green and white striations on each leaf, reaching 912 in tall.
disporum uniflorum(Disporum flavens)
- This handsome fairy bell from Korea has soft yellow blooms on stalks that reach 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.