I have a thing for squirrelling away plants in less obvious positions in the garden so that you rediscover them when you least expect. Two such creatures I found lurking this week were Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope' and Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'
These Asian forest perennials have singular peltate or umbrella style leaves which arise from thick rhizomes. Producing shy burgundy flowers hiding beneath the foliage in Spring which yield berries later in the season.
Theres something quite magical yet dangerous about them that fascinates me. Magical in that they could be used by any number of woodland creatures to shelter from Spring showers and dangerous with their variegated, toady, psychedelic skins, warning you not to touch.