Polygonatum  Odoratum ‘Variegatum’, the 2013 Perennial of the Year, is also known as Variegated Solomon’s Seal. It is a charming plant for a shade to part shade area, and even tolerates heavy shade.  This classic beauty for a woodland garden is sometimes slow to establish, but is very long-lived and easy to maintain. It stands 18–24 inches tall, spreading 10–20 inches, with slight arching at the top.  The stems do not branch, and have large alternate leaves that support dangling white flowers in late spring.  The flowers have a subtle lily-like fragrance and attract humming birds. Variegated Solomon’s Seal is a zone 3-9 plant, and would make a good companion to Japanese Painted Ferns; Heucheras; Brunneras, especially Jack Frost; and Hostas.   ~ Judy