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Surprising Plants for Shade

If your idea of something interesting is a variegated hosta, these 8 beauties may change your thinking

Fine Gardening – Issue 176

I recently designed my third shade garden on as many properties. As my fascination with shade plants grows, I continually look for more variety beyond the plants commonly available in local nurseries. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dismiss or ignore the ordinary. The foundation of all my gardens is built on established tried-and-true plants. They are considered “common” because, over time, they’ve proven themselves in durability and reliability. My beds all start with a structure built on these old reliables, but then I sprinkle in novel and exotic options that excite my inner, unabashed plant geek. The following are plants that you might not be familiar with but that I’ve found are perfect for adding something out of the ordinary to your shady spots.

 

Exotic-Looking Stems and Flowers

‘Night Heron’ fairy bells (Disporum longistylum ‘Night Heron’ )

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