Sometimes there's a plant which we stumble on and then fall head over heals in love with.
Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette' is an amazing fall blooming perennial which has me under its spell.
I discovered it growing in a mass planting along the driveway of Churchill mayor Paul McKenna. The plant was spectacular as it was in full bloom out in the sun. Like any gardener, he was happy to send me home with a division.
The plant sports green and creamy white variegated leaves all season long. In September long wands filled with tiny, bright red flowers emerge. As I said, when planted in mass 'Painter's Palette' is a showstopper.
Even though I originally saw the plant in full sun, it's just as happy in part shade or even full shade.
It can be aggressive as it spreads though underground rhizomes and also throwing seed. In my garden there are lots of little, one year-old seedlings everywhere. I'm happy to have them and will transplant them to other beds around the garden.
One more caveat; it's deer resistant!
Here's a video highlighting Paul McKenna's garden where I discovered this great plant-