Golden Slippers

Fernwood's  " Golden Slippers'  Convallaria

Fernwood’s ” Golden Slippers’ Convallaria

Convallaria ‘Fernwood’s Golden Slippers’ is a Lily of the Valley that we introduced here at Fenrnwood Nursery a few years ago. It is a sport of ‘Cream da Mint’, another of our Convallaria introductions. Golden Slippers appears in the spring with very bright gold leaves that will eventually turn to a light chartreuse color later in the season. It has larger than normal flowers that are just as fragrant as the more common selections. These are followed by red berries that are quite showy against the yellow foliage. Unlike most other Convallarias, it does not aggressively spread and take over an area. The chartreuse leaves do not look as tired and worn out at the end of the season, especially if kept out of too much sun and the soil is not allowed to get too dry. The golden leaves make for a great combination with the blue or red shades of the foliage and flowers of other plants. In a shade garden, ‘Golden Slippers’ creates a bright accent among some of its more subdued neighbors. ‘Fernwood’s Golden Slippers’ gets its name from the footwear of a dear friend of mine, Mildred Seaver. Mildred was an inspiration and terrific mentor within the Hosta world, having spent many years breeding and introducing a number of wonderful Hosta’s into the market. ‘Golden Slippers’ is a bright addition to the shade garden, and a forever reminder of my friend, Mildred. As we continue to wait for the snow to melt, preparations for the upcoming season are underway. Fernwood will open on May 9th, we look forward to greeting customers and getting our hands back into the soil!

4 comments on “Golden Slippers

    • Thank you, Marian. That splash of green does help to heighten the color of the plants around it. With shade gardening, as you know, we rely often on texture, leaf form, and structure. This chartreuse color gives another element to work with. Are you out of the woods with cold snaps yet?

    • Thank you. It is Rick who is responsible for plant breeding here, the credit goes to him. Yes, I think that shade of green has its place in the garden…and who doesn’t love Lily of The Valley! So nice to be talking plants, and now slowly we await the showing of bare ground and the emergence of these plants we love. In time! Thanks for the kind words…..have loved your posts on your current weaving project!

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