Aconitum Flowers for Shade Gardens

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Aconitum make great flowers for shade gardens. Get tips on planting and growing aconitum flowers in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Yolonda Vanveen

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A shade garden wouldn't be complete without one of my favorite bulbs, Monk's-Hood. Also known as Aconitum or they call them Wolf-Bane because back in the medieval times they had this huge long history. So, every part of the plant is poisonous but there is really no problems with people or animals eating them out in the garden. I've never heard of that. But, you plant them, they look just like a little dead mouse; in fact, one of them was sitting on the floor at a garden show and a lady freaked out thinking it was actually a dead mouse, but it's not it's a bulb, and you plant it with the little eye side up, about three or four inches deep and they come up with this gorgeous purple foliage in the summer and big purple leaves and foliage in the fall. So, they are a fall bloomer, they look like a Delphinium. And, they are just a gorgeous plant. And, I love how they open like a dark bloom and then they last for almost two months as a flower in the garden and they fade to almost a soft purple in the end. Great cut flower and a great flower in the garden. They multiply really quickly and they can live right in a bog. Right in a boggy area; where everything else is rotting out, put some Monk's-Hood in there and they will thrive. They are native to Northern England where they grow in the moors, so they love lots of moisture and we grow them in the shade, but they're another plant I've put in the full hot sun in the North West and they've thrived. They'll grow almost anywhere as long as they're watered well in the summer. Next, we'll talk about Cimicifugas.