1. ‘Spider’s Web’ Fatsia
Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’
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
Aspidistra elatior ‘Asahi’
Size: 3 feet tall…
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