Dionysus Gets a New Hairdo

This is Dionysus, the greek god of wine, wine making and the grape harvest.  He has adorned my garden walls for over 10 years with varying hairstyles but today he’s had a makeover.  What a handsome fellow!

I have chosen Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ because it tolerates part shade during the day and as my garden is north facing it should be quite content.  The bright golden yellow leaves also stand out well in this shady spot.  The potting media I used was John Innes No.3 for mature plants and to help retain some moisture I placed a small amount of sphagnum in the bottom first.


The name Lysimachia derives from the Greek lysis, releasing, and mache, strife, supposedly possessing soothing qualities.  Its common name is Loosestrife and it belongs in the family Primulaceae.  There are 150 or so species of Lysimachia, this particular one is a rapidly spreading evergreen groundcover and well suited to moist areas such as waterside, border edges, rockeries, banks, gravel gardens and containers in sun or partial shade, on moist but well drained soil.  It flowers from early to late summer, growing to a height of 5cm and spread of 60cm.  L. nummularia ‘Aurea’ has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant.


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