Mid-sized Epimedium species including Epimedium grandiflorum

Below, I have described the mid-sized Epimedium species including the very popular Epimedium grandiflorum in order to help you select the best plants for your site. There are too many Epimediums to list in a single article so check out the others in the series to see other categories such as small Epimediums or spider-type Epimediums. The most familiar group of epimediums are mid-sized plants that represent what most folks typically think of as epimediums. Plants in this group average around 18″ tall x 18″ wide and are composed of several species and hybrid groups. From smallest to largest, they include E. sempervirens, E. x youngianum (E. diphyllum x E. grandiflorum), E. grandiflorum, E. koreanum, and a series of interspecific hybrids. Plantsman Darrell Probst has interesting theories on these confusing groups and their origin that he will hopefully publish one day. Epimedium sempervirens (Zone 5-8) is a similar Japanese species to E. diphyllum, except for having evergreen (from Zone 7 south) foliage, larger flowers and about 1/3 larger plant size. E. sempervirens produces flower stalks reaching 12-15″ tall with 6-10 flowers each, also in colors ranging from white to lavender. Epimedium sempervirens is usually a tight clumping species, although some forms can spread a bit. Another trait of E. sempervirens is the new leaves often emerge with a lovely red flush. Epimedium sempervirens is represented in the trade by Epimedium ‘Candy Hearts’ (red edged leaves and pale lavender), Epimedium ‘Cherry Hearts’ (red edged leaves and white flowers), Epimedium ‘Mars’ (red-purple flowers), Epimedium ‘Okuda’s White’ (white flowers), and Epimedium ‘Violet Queen’ (red-flushed foliage and light lavender flowers). The major drawback to E. sempervirens is the tendency of the second spring flush of foliage to obscure the flowers. Epimedium grandiflorum (Zone 4-8) is a winter deciduous Japanese species that represents the majority of the epimedium cultivars in commercial trade. Like E. sempervirens, most forms are tight clumpers, although a few may have longer rhizomes. Many of the earlier selections of E. grandiflorum have large flowers produced among or just slightly atop the foliage, usually obscured by the second spring flush. Selections of E. grandiflorum in the trade include Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ (dwarf plant with red-edged leaves and white flowers), Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Benedict’s Violet’ (lavender flowers), Epimedium grandiflorum var. violaceum ‘Bronze Maiden’ (chocolate foliage and light lavender flowers), Epimedium ‘Cranberry Sparkle’ (chocolate new leaves and cranberry red flowers), Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Dark Beauty’ (chocolate leaves and white cup and spurs/purple outer sepals), Epimedium ‘Lavender Lady’ (dark purple buds opening to light lavender flowers) , Epimedium ‘Lilafee’ (bronze mottled foliage and lavender purple flowers), Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Pierre’s Purple’ (dark purple flowers), Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Princess Susan’ (white cups and spurs with purple outer sepals), Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Purple Prince’ (dark purple cup with light lavender spurs), Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Red Queen’ (carmine red), Epimedium ‘Saxton’s Purple’ (light lavender flowers), Epimedium ‘Silver Queen’ (white flowers), Epimedium ‘Spring Wedding’ (red edged leaves, pale lavender flowers), Epimedium ‘Swallowtail’ (red edged leaves and light lavender flowers), Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Tama-no-gempei’ (white cups and spurs, purple outer sepals), Epimedium ‘Waterfall’ (rose purple flower with white spurs), Epimedium ‘Yellow Princess’ (light yellow flowers), and Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Yubae’ (purple foliage, cranberry flowers). With the exception of E. grandiflorum ‘Swallowtail’, the other E. grandiflorum selections don’t pick up their nice leaf coloration until after flowering. Epimedium koreanum (Zone 3-7) was long considered a subspecies of E. grandiflorum, but was finally split out as a species on it’s own. As the name indicates, it is found in Korea and northern Japan. While most E. grandiflorum outside of Northern Japan where E. grandiflorum var. flavescens resides, E. grandiflorum has flowers of white to purple, while E. koreanum has yellow flowers. Also, the deciduous E. koreanum spreads 6-12″ per year via rhizomes compared to the typically clumping E. grandiflorum. In the trade, E. koreanum is represented by two selections, Epimedium koreanum ‘Harold Epstein’ (light yellow flowers on red stems), and Epimedium ‘La Rocaille’ (creamy flowers). We hope you have enjoyed this discussion of Epimedium grandiflorum and other mid-sized species and that you will read the other articles in our Epimedium series.

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Furnishing your Bedroom – Some Handy Tips

It is irrefutable that the bedroom is one of the most significant parts of every house. Although it may not be the mainly used one, it is the place where you finally relax subsequent to a hard day’s work; therefore, demands the furnishing items to be chosen with great care. If you have moved to a new house or are looking to buy some new furnishing items for your bedroom, it is extremely important to make a list of the things to you may need to setup the bedroom the way you always wanted. Making a list of the things needed ensures that none of the require items are overlooked or forgotten about.

Though different people have different flavors, it is suggested that you keep least and only the required pieces of furniture in this part of the house. This is very important as the bedroom should be well-ventilated and allows the occupants to unwind and breathe easy. Having too much furniture in the room will curb light as well as air, and will create a suffocating environment. Moreover, always try to go for items like bedding comforters in light shades as light colored upholstery reflect light in a better way to create a fresh ambiance.

When looking for items like bed sheets, king comforters, queen comforter sets, pillow covers, and other bed furnishing items; try to ensure the fabric they are made from is a blend of cotton and synthetic threads. Furnishing items made by such blended fabric are lasting as well as comfortable. Cotton allows way for air, while synthetic threads such as nylon add durability to the fabric. Hence, it is recommended that you go for items made from blended fabrics.


Home Building Tips

Having your home built is an exciting time no matter whether it is a basic home or one chosen from a range of luxury homes. It is easy to get carried away by the fancy things that can be seen such as fittings and furnishing and not pay much attention to those things that are invisible when the home is finished.

But home builders in Perth know that things like the foundations and structure are the most important things in building a home. Custom home builders understand that if these are not done correctly, then no amount of plush carpeting or fancy wallpaper will make that home a good one.

Building a home involves a massive amount of money (all paid by the home owner) and so you must feel satisfied with the construction of your home. You have a legal right to expect a good quality home that is soundly constructed. And just because you signed on the dotted line doesn’t mean that a few things cannot be changed. However the watchword here is communication – and keeping a list of things added or deleted. You will have to pay a bit extra for added things, but the reverse is true if you delete them.


Kqc Red Devil Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron Review

KQCs Red Devil Straightener is an excellent option for those looking for a professional hair straightener that enables for creative hair styling while safeguarding hair from any kind of damages. Each of KQCs flat irons involves in it the elements of a specialized technology, namely, X-Heat Technology, which uses longer wavelength from far infrared rays in order to emit deep heat and to dry hair from the inside out via penetrating into hairs shaft and cuticles, thereby leaving your hair soft, shiny, and frizz free. Hence, there is no exception in the case of KQCs Red Devil Tourmaline Ceramic flat iron.

No matter it is to straighten, curl, flip, or create waves, you can try almost all creative hair styles with this hair straightener. Since it is attached with most advanced ceramic heaters and professional ceramic tourmaline plates, it helps for precise and stable temperature. Another noteworthy thing regarding this flat iron is that it comes with variable heat settings from 175 to 410 F, which in turn makes it suitable for all types of hair, let it be rebelliously, thick, curly, fine, or sensitive. A specialty is that it heats up within 30 seconds and produces a dark red color on its reaching the maximum temperature. To add to its convenience and high performance, the straightener comes with features such as 360 degree swivel cord to prevent tangling and dual voltage system.

A review on this straightener would be incomplete without discussing about the cutting edge technologies used for its making, which in turn includes ceramic, tourmaline, and ionic technology. As it is a splendid blend of ceramic and tourmaline technology, its unique combination leads to increased emission of negative ions and far infrared rays, whose highlight is that it helps to seal in hairs cuticles as well as lock in hairs cuticles and eliminate frizz. Further, ceramic and tourmaline aids for stable and even distribution of heat across the hair, elimination of damaging spots, and efficient heat retention. With properties to stop the growth of bacteria and fungi, ionic technology promotes for the healthy hair as well as scalp.


Different Types Of Interior And Exterior House Paint

Picking out wall paint involves more than just deciding on a color. There are different bases as well as different finishes that you can use. This article will discuss some of the different types of house paint.

When choosing house paint, the main decision you’ll need to make is between oil and latex. Latex is water-based and offers a variety of benefits. It dries faster than oil-based paint. Latex paints are also more resistant to mildew and fading.

One of the downsides of using latex wall paint is that it’s susceptible to weather changes causing it to peel, break, or flake. The paint will contract in cold weather and expand in hot weather.


Simplify Your Gardening With Seed Starter Kits

Though its a lot of fun, gardening is also a lot of work. Its always a good idea to get an early start on a garden and seed starter kits can simplify things for both beginning gardeners and veterans. Seed starter kits are particularly useful when youre trying to grow some vegetables such as broccoli, eggplant, and tomatoes that cant generally be seeded directly into the garden.

Here are a few helpful hints about using seed starter kits. First, its a good idea to start with seeds that are easier to germinate indoors. And dont get the idea that you can dig up common dirt, throw it into a few empty pots, and start a garden in a windowsill. That might work sometimes, but getting decent seed starter kits is a much more reliable approach.

The best seed starter kits are made with a soilless growing medium, such as peat made from Peat made from sphagnum moss. This variety of peat is very efficient at absorbing water than typical soils; this means its a better medium for keeping plants hydrated during the germination phase. And using peat means that youll avoid soil borne diseases, such as mosaic virus. Vemiculite and perlite are other common soilless mixtures used in many seed starter kits. Another promising approach is to use a half-and-half formula of soil and peat moss, in order to promote water absorption. For seedlings needing to stay in seed starter kits longer than six to eight weeks, transplantation into larger pots will be necessary and thats a good time to add garden soil to help the seedlings acclimate before theyre relocated from seed starter kits to the garden.