Dog’s Tooth Violet
I have loved this plant for many years and have finally got round to making a space for it in the shady end of the garden to naturalize with dwarf narcissi and other Spring flowering bulbs. Erythronium ‘White Beauty’ has these delicate swept back petals rather like wings gently suspended on slender stems from a sturdy base of ground hugging leaves. It has to be said I can see no resemblance to a dog’s-tooth but the bulb is long and pointed and tooth-like and this must be the reference. They thrive under deciduous trees in deep fertile soil and over time the plants can be lifted and divided in Autumn.
Erythronium dens-canis (above) has delicate white, pink, or mauve flowers with a darker mottled leaf and these I’ll plant at the base of three deciduous Amelanchier canadensis shrubs.
The wood anemone (below ) Anemone nemerosa is known as the wind flower (anemos is Greek for wind) and is another long-admired woodland plant of mine. I’ve purchased seeds for these and will sow indoors in the next few weeks to keep behind glass over Winter to plant out late Spring. It likes semi-shade and is at home under hedges or deciduous trees producing low-growing, starry white flowers in Spring.