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Aralia cordata 'Sun King'
Alyse Lansing on the ANLD garden tour.
Alyse also used what looks like the marginally hardy Oxalis Charmed® Wine accompanied by a hosta and delicate pink and green variegated Japanese maple. She effectively repeated the combination in three containers along a narrow path at the side of the house. In Adriana Berry’s garden, also on the ANLD tour, I was introduced to Oxalis magellanica 'Nelson' for the first time with its sweet double white flowers and tiny shamrock ground-hugging leaves. Adriana sang its praises.
I don’t know how I’ve missed the wide variety of garden-worthy Oxalis available to us. I’ll now be on the lookout for O. oregano ‘Klamath Ruby’ (source: Joy Creek Nursery). Its dark green leaves with burgundy reverses and stems set it apart from the standard species. The three-inch, triangular purple leaves of Oxalis regnellii ‘Triangularis’ make it a stand out (source: Dancing Oaks Nursery). In need of light shade to protect the leaf color, I think it would be lovely growing at the feet of my giant sequoias. Oxalis tetraphylla 'Iron Cross' with its dark splotch in the center of the leaf and non-spreading habit would be a good addition to the garden (source: Dancing Oaks Nursery). And then there’s Oxalis palmifrons, also known as Palm-leaf False Shamrock. Swooning after seeing this adorable plant would be understandable (Source: Plant Delights Nursery).
To see more Oxalis with ornamental value, check out Plant Lust and Plant Delights Nursery. What Oxalis species are you growing in your garden?