Garden WOW Ornamental Rhubarb

Add the WOW factor to your garden  with

‘ORNAMENTAL RHUBARB’

RHEUM PALMATUM var. TANGUTICUM’

Another favorite perennial,  at one time or another, they are all my favorite!

THE BACK STORY:  We saw this amazing perennial cousin to the rhubarb last year at Dragonfly Farm Nursery in their gardens.  BIG, BOLD, so spikey and rugged that it almost looks dangerous!  Certainly didn’t look like deer food.   It looked like something that a dinosaur would crawl out from behind.   I had never seen it before, and immediately wanted to have it in my garden.  They didn’t have it available for sale at the time so we started checking local nurseries.  We found one, planted it and it did great, growing healthy and happy.  It was doing so well that when we found two more in a nursery a month later, we bought them both.   (I found this top photo on google images, but when ours mature I will be able to replace it with one of my own.   )

WHY YOU WANT THEM IN YOUR GARDEN:       NON-STOP summer drama!

All three of ours are in different parts of the back yard, and they are different colors and sizes.  These Jurasic Park looking perennials  have an unususal bold, architectural effect and always surprise people.

HOW TO GROW:

We have them in areas that are fairly sunny and fairly wet most of the year.  Our winter lows are often in single digits.

They are rated zone 3-9

Light:   Full Sun to Partial Shade,   Soil: Normal, Clay, Sandy soils,  Moisture:  Moist,   Soil pH:  Alkaline to Acid,   The flower heads are tall and large,  Flower Color:  pink to red,   Bloom Time: late spring to early summer,  Foliage Color:  Deep Green  to  Bronze

These can be grown in containers, are great in borders and in woodland and waterside areas.  They are DEER & RABBIT RESISTANT.  CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.  These are a great specimen plant.   They grow 36” -70” inches, (90 – 180 cm ) in height, and spread  almost as wide.  Clumps may be divided in early spring.

PS:  I’m looking forward to really interesting large leave to make concrete leaf molds out of this summer.   I’ll post photos.  🙂

MORE TO COME…..

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About ourhomeinthewoods

I am a wife, mother and nana to an amazing little girl! My husband and I have been working on a huge DIY project for since 1999 and for the foreseeable future. A great house and garden on almost 10 acres in the beautiful, scenic Snoqualmie Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We are very enthusiastic amature gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. We also try to balance great results with great economy, or in other words, we love saving money. The more we save, the more we can spend on more great plants!
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2 Responses to Garden WOW Ornamental Rhubarb

  1. Pingback: Rheum ‘tanguticum’ | ourhomeinthewoods

  2. Trisha says:

    What’s up, I log on to your new stuff regularly.
    Your humoristic style is witty, keep it up!

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