There may not be a cultivated plant that is happier to grow in a shade garden than Solomon's Seal. Quickly established, Solomon's Seal will slowly spread out and form a dense carpet of arching stems. The white tips of Variegated Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum') mirror the small, tubular white flowers that dangle along the underside of the stem. The flowers give way to round, black seed pods and the leaves turn a radiant yellow in fall.
Along with ferns, Solomon's seal creates a natural woodland like feel in a garden. It's close cousin, False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa) is often seen along woodland walks. The unusual arching habit of Solomon's Seal makes it useful in shade garden design, where so many plants tend to form more of a rosette of leaves. Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' - Variegated Solomon's Seal (USDA Zones 4 - 8, 18" x 9", White Blooms: May) Alternative
- Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven' - Variegated Jacob's Ladder (USDA Zones 4 - 8, 12" x 15", Blue Flowers: May - June)