Another word (or two) about Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior). I would encourage gardeners with shade to consider this striking plant. It’s a great staple for the shade garden because it adds graceful vertical structure for background and definition.
Aspidistra is evergreen, deer resistant and heat, drought and cold hardy. I’ve never had any insect problems with this plant. It’s pairs beautifully with Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium),
Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus),
and Giant Lirope (Liriope muscari).
During the winter months when the herbaceous perennials have frozen and are pruned to the ground, it’s nice to have the deep green, wide, strappy leaves to give a garden form and structure. During the growing season, Aspidistra compliments flowering perennials with additional, tropical-like lushness. According to literature about the plant, there is a bloom associated with it, but I’ve never seen one in any of my plants.