Published: August 31, 2022

Over the years I have purchased dozens of Trilliums.

As one of my ‘must have'plants, for quite some time now, I have purchased many different varieties.

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I get them home, them in the garden, admire them for a while, and then they disappear without trace. Suddenly, one by one they miraculously begin to show themselves.

Trillium chloropetallum, seems to be the least huffy…….it has not sunk as low as to do a vanishing act. It is quite slow to bulk up, but after a few years, what a show.

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I have ended up with several clumps of Trilliums, all looking very similar. Bought under different names of course. Do I mind, not really, they all look stunning.

This year so far, seems to be ‘The year of the Trillium', in my garden, at any rate -I have never seen them looking so good.

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They should be flattened with this nonstop dreadful wind (have you noticed how weather forecasters on TV, rarely mention the wind -do none of them garden?) I don't have any woodland spots for them to grow in, but they seem to be perfectly happy (when not sulking) in the general borders.

Maggie Duguid

Text and photos by Maggie Duguid, who is a member of the HPS North East Group.