Colourful ground cover and shining stems

At the gardens at Kilquade the other day I saw several good plant combinations that I thought looked really good and one of the most interesting was this white-stemmed birch surrounded by a tide of Houttynia cordata ‘Chameleon’. This interesting perennial is best known for its orange-scented leaves and its ability to spread almost as fast as mint. But it can be a colourful and useful plant where it can be allowed to spread without getting into trouble and here, with its vigour curbed by the betula it looks pretty good.

betula houttey


2 Comments on “Colourful ground cover and shining stems”

  1. sueturner31
    August 31, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    love the combination here, I have only ever let mine grow around the pond but maybe I might let it loose………!!!

    • thebikinggardener
      September 1, 2014 at 6:37 am #

      It is an odd one. It can be horribly invasive but it never has been with me so far. Sometimes it fades away but it is one that can’t ever be completely trusted I think

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