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Regional Picks: Variegated Plants for Shade—South

Fine Gardening - Issue 194

1. ‘Spider’s Web’ Fatsia

‘Spider's Web’ Fatsia
Photo: millettephotomedia.com

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’

Zones: 7–10

Size: 5 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; prefers rich, moist, acidic soil but tolerates sand or clay

Native range: Japan

This fatsia has the traditional bold-textured foliage of the species, but with the bonus of a bright and beautiful variegation on each leaf. Because it’s creamy white, it avoids looking like it’s chlorotic or ridden with spider mites, and the variegation brightens up shade containers or any shady nook—even if those nooks have tough soils such as sand and heavy wet or dry clay. Also, deer do not seem to bother it much. For all those reasons, and because it’s evergreen, ‘Spider’s Web’ gets an instant spot on my go-to plant list.

 

2. Morning Sun Cast Iron Plant

Morning Sun Cast Iron Plant
Photo: Joshua McCullough

Aspidistra elatior ‘Asahi’

Zones: 7–10

Size: 3 feet tall…

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