I first saw Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette' while visiting Paul McKenna's garden for a still and video shoot. You can see the story here, the video is below. He's created a show place at his home. Paul is the mayor of Churchill and exudes passion and personality with each word.
His driveway was lined with the plant and it was in full bloom. The green and white foliage set off the tiny bright red flowers in a spectacular manner.
Like all good gardeners, Paul reached for his trusty shovel and dug out piece of the plant.
We had so much fun that day. There's nothing better for a garden lover, than being taken around by a proud gardener.
This plant is indestructible. Even though Paul had it planted in full sun, it's thriving in part shade. The foliage is beautiful all season, but when those luminecent red flowers appear, it's the star of the fall garden.
Best of all, every time I look at the plant, I think of a wonderful day with the mayor of Churchill.