How to plant polygonatums (Solomon's seals)
Commonly known as Solomon's seals, polygonatums produce elegant arching stemps sporting droplets of creamy white flowers that will be replaced by small, berry-like fruits as they fade. Excellent for the rockery, woodland or shady borders, these wonderful hardy perennials will bring movement to the garden as they gently sway in the breeze. For added interest, try interlacing with shade-loving plants such as ferns, brunneras and hostas.
Plant in moist, humus rich, well-drained fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Water during dry spells and cut the stems back in autumn.
Polygonatums are supplied in 9 cm pots. Always unpack and plant on arrival.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally disease free, polygonatums can however be affected by:
- Snails and slugs: these pests enjoy munching on young shoots, stems, leaves and flowers. Watch out for damage!
Sawfly larvae: these grey-white larvae feed on leaves, causing defoliation. Whenever possible, put on gardening gloves and remove by hand as soon as you spot them.