Cyprepediums – Venus Shoe, Lady Slipper – origin from the Swiss Alps to, England, USA, Japan and China. Nowadays these orchids are easy to grow in the garden, as most of the hybrids are stronger as ever. You can compare the growth with a Hosta, getting larger throughout the years. Large plants can be devided if necessary. All Cyprepediums are extremely hardy, they even seem to like a cold spell! Therefore they do not need any winter cover. When planted in a sticky clay soil, it helps to improve the soil and drainage by mixing some gravel before planting.