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Northern California Regional Reports

Regional Picks: Variegated Plants for Shade—California

Fine Gardening - Issue 194
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1. Camouflage™ Japanese Aralia

Name: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata’

Zones: 7–10

Size: 5 to 10 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil

Native range: Japan

Interested in bringing a hint of the tropics into your shade garden? With its graceful shape and dense, colorful foliage, Camouflage™ Japanese aralia is a standout choice. Deeply lobed leaves sport a glossy patchwork of rich green, lime, and yellow, bringing to mind the sun shining through a stained-glass window. Clusters of subtle white flowers attractive to pollinators are followed by small black berries, but the oversize foliage is really the star here. You can plant it in a container, in a shaded entryway, or on a porch for year-round tropical impact too.

Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

2. ‘Silvery Sunproof’ Lily Turf

Name: Liriope muscari ‘Silvery Sunproof’

Zones: 5–11

Size: 15 to 18 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; well-drained soil

Native Range:…

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