Shade is one of the garden’s great opportunities. It’s lush with layers of different hues of green, alive with birds and other critters, and you probably won’t spend much time weeding there. Many perennials bloom reliably in full shade and when not in bloom, their foliage adds color, form and texture. Others, such as hostas and ferns, provide classically-beautiful leaves. And, where planting is really a challenge, such as under shallowly-rooted trees, there are groundcovers that can be used effectively. No more just walking past that dim, dark space on the way to your sun-loving borders! Here are 11 unusual shade-lovers to try.
Ribbon-like white-striped green foliage adds wonderful texture to shade garden. Reaches up to 15 in. tall and 24 in. wide.
Q.: What do we mean by “full shade?”
A.: Areas that gets less than one hour of direct sunlight and are too dark to be considered dappled shade, are full shade. If your space gets no direct sun (such as under a thick canopy of trees or in the shadow of a tall wall) most of these plants will still grow, but won’t love it there.
Q.: Snails. Slugs. Help.
A.: Guess who else loves it cool and shady? You may have to try acombination of approachesfrom hand-picking to copper rings to nematodes to keep the little slimers at bay. You may never win the war, but with some care, your tender plants can live to battle another night.