The Large-Flowered Trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) I planted a few years ago are slowly settling in and bulking up. It’s an elegant flower with its three gleaming-white petals.
It seems that the conditions in our back garden meet their requirements: shade, lots of organic matter, and reasonably moist soil.
I bought these Large-Flowered Trilliums on sale at Prairie Nursery about three years ago. They have made a very modest little patch, but even so they give me great satisfaction. Trilliums require a lot of patience, as they are slow to establish and slow to spread.
Meantime, the Prairie Trillium (Trillium recurvatum) we inherited from the last owners reappear reliably every May. They occupy a patch that has stayed pretty much the same size since we moved here 16 years ago.
The dark purple flowers and mottled foliage add a dramatic touch.
These are very special flowers. They will go dormant by summer, but while they are with us they spread a little of the magic of a woodland spring.