Hardy Impatiens (Impatiens omeiana) is a spreading perennial native to China. It was discovered growing at 8,000 ft. on the slopes of Mount Omei in western Sichuan in 1983. Prefers moist partial shade. Attractive variegated foliage with yellow snapdragon-like flowers (often called “goldfish”) that bloom in early autumn. Ours lives on the east side of the garden bed, south of the Bush Barn Art Center.
Cyclamen hederifolium (Hardy Cyclamen) is a tuberous perennial and woodland plant that blooms in late fall. After the flowers fade, the heart-shaped variegated leaves remain through winter and then die back in summer. May eventually self-seed and naturalize. Can be planted in front of shrubs or around trees, and overplanted in summer with annuals. If a cyclamen likes the spot where it’s planted, it can live up to 100 years! Our cyclamen lives in the Rhododendron Hillside Garden (south end of the park), on the right as you descend the steps.
Hesperantha (Schizostylis) coccinea (aka Kaffir Lily), a member of the Iris family, is a perennial bulb native to South Africa. This vigorous, clump-forming plant likes moist but well-drained soil and sun. Great for autumn color at the front of the garden border or pond. Its star-shaped flowers have been known to last past Christmas here. You’ll find ours in the garden bed south of the Bush Barn Art Center.