Full Shade

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    ‘Ursula’s Red’ Japanese painted fern

    Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red'

    The broad silvery leaves of ‘Ursula’s Red’ have a showy burgundy band at the center of the leaves in spring.

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    Giant leopard plant

    Ligularia tussilaginea ‘Gigantea’

    This evergreen foliage plant has large, rounded, leathery leaves and daisy-like yellow flowers.

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    Blue grama

    Bouteloua gracilis

    Blue grama is a perennial grass from the Americas bearing unusually bent and flattened inflorescences.

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    Chinese wild ginger

    Asarum splendens

    There are many species and varie­­ties of wild ginger, but this vigorous, fast-growing, and beau­tiful species tops my list.

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    Dwarf Fothergilla, Dwarf Witch Alder

    Fothergilla 'Blue Shadow'

    These shrubs are beautiful, compact, and easy to grow, making them obvious choices for mixed borders, foundation plantings, and naturalizing.

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    Common periwinkle, creeping myrtle

    Vinca minor 'Illumination'

    Like other creeping myrtles, 'Illumination' is a tough evergreen ground cover for shade that will grow in almost any soil.

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    Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’

    Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’

    Plectranthus cultivars are popular foliage plants, but some gardeners grow them for their blooms, and one of the best bloomers is 'Mona Lavender'.

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    Ligularia dentata ‘Britt Marie Crawford’

    Ligularia dentata 'Britt Marie Crawford'

    In early spring, fleshy stems unfurl and are topped by rounded burgundy leaves.

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    ‘Indonesia’ daylily

    Hemerocallis 'Indonesia'

    This daylily has cheerful, ruffly yellow-orange flowers.

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    Deadnettle, yellow archangel

    Lamium galeobdolon 'Hermann's Pride'

    'Hermann's Pride' is small, but bold.