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Shade Gardening-10 Best Shade Loving Plants for Your Garden

Shade Gardening-10 Best Shade Loving Plants for Your Garden

If you are just starting out in shade gardening, select plants that are more widely adaptable to various degrees of light and soil conditions and are easy to grow and maintain. Here's a list of our top 12 favorites:

Astilbe. Add a zesty flower color you won't find in other shade plants. Visions is not only more drought tolerant than other varieties (It still needs plenty of water) it is the most fragrant of all astilbes.

Brunnera. You'll get beauty in flowers and 3 seasons of interest with shimming silver foliage of Jack Frost brunnera - our hands down favorite and recent 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year Winner. Brunnera competes fairly well with tree roots and is highly deer proof.

Heuchera.Talk about one of the most diverse and colorful shade perennials. Plant heuchera as a groundcover, intersperse between other plants. (Try this gorgeous combination: combine heuchera Southern Comfort with a blue hosta - oh, la, la!)

Hostas. The Arnold Schwarzenegger of all shade plants. Hostas grow well under a wide range of trees & shrubs and tolerate avariety of soils. They will grow bigger with amended soil & good drainage. There is nothing like a combination of sizes, colors and shapes for a wow effect.

Hellebore. An iron clad deer-proof plant that tolerates dry shade once established. Stunning late winter blooms. A super groundcover offering a year round carpet of evergreen foliage. You'll won't want to miss the all new Winter Thriller hellebores.

Ferns. Their elegant and fine textured foliage pairs well with heucheras, brunnera & hostas. Ferns need consistent moisture to do well and a must have for any shade garden.

Hydrangea. This much-loved flowering shrub is a favorite for many gardeners. Hydrangeas add a much needed height to the shade garden while providing year round beauty.

Ornamental grasses. Carex & hakonechloa our the favorites providing season long interesting. Both deer proof and tolerant of moisture.

Pulmonaria. The fuzzy silver spotted leaves of pulmonaria are not appealing to deer while brightening up dark spots. Not for the dry garden.

Tiarella (foamflower). This little known gem is gaining in popularity. Exagerated leaves remain colorful spring-winter and its slow running habit makes Tiarella ideal groundcover.