Photo: I, KENPEI (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)
We're constantly asked for plants that will grow in shade to brighten up a dark part of the garden. There are many that bloom in spring whilst the leaf canopy is thin but very few that perform well later in the year.
This Japanese native is just such a plant coming into rather spectacular flower at the end of summer.
Prepare the area by digging deeply and incorporating well rotted compost and leaf mould. As with all woodland plants do not use manure. The roots need deep acidic soils with moisture retention. Choose a sheltered site protected from strong winds.
Deeply cut, maple-like leaves cover dark purple stems which bend under the weight of the abundant shuttlecock like flowers. These yellow beauties gleam in the late woodland garden. The thick clumps of basal leaves make groundcover over time.
This is a stunning plant that rewards initial effort.
Acidic, moist, deep