It's that time of year again. Fall, to be sure, and I love nearly everything about it. The one thing I don't like is what follows, but I won't hold that against it. In the garden, the fall flowers are just beginning to put on their show, namely the mums, but what I always look forward to are the Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis sp.).
I have several varieties and I'm always on the lookout for more, but my absolute favorite is the one that is the first to bloom this year, 'Tojen.' What grabs my heart with this one is the shading. Going from pure white to deepest amethyst all in one petal, with a touch of gold for good measure, makes a tiny orchid-like bloom seem like pure perfection. No freckles like her cousins, not that there's anything wrong with freckles. I like those, too. But 'Tojen' does everything right when it comes to Toad Lilies.
Light: Part to full shade
Bloom Time: Late summer to Frost