|Arthropodium cirratum in February|
|Arthropodium cirratum at the end of September|
The plants tolerate dry shade but dry soil in full sun was asking too much of them. I moved some daylilies from the backyard border to replace the Renga lilies. As the Renga lily clumps were large, I decided to divide them and spread them around the upper level of my garden. The plants divided easily with just a tug.
Now I have Renga lilies in the garden bed bordering my neighbor to the northwest, where I installed 3 of the divisions.
|The foliage of the Renga lily looks like a smaller version of the Agave attenuata to the right of it|
Another division was added to the bed on the other side of the house near 2 existing plants of the same variety.
And the last 2 went into a nearby dry shade bed, where I haven't been successful in getting much of anything to grow. I put 3 Renga lilies there this past spring so the additions make 5. This may be overkill but, until I can come up with an alternative as tolerant of dry shade as these plants, they'll have to do.
I'd moved one Acanthus to a moister end of that bed earlier. More recently, I transplanted cuttings of peppermint geranium (Pelargonium tomentosum), foxglove seedlings (Digitalis purpurea), and a mint bush (Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata').
The area's looking a little better but I could still use some drought and shade tolerant plants to fill in the bed's mid-section, which is exceptionally dry (probably due to tree roots). I've tried Geranium catabrigeniense, Geranium macrorrhizum, Hellebores, various Heuchera, and Francoa sonchifolia with little success. I'm open to any ideas!