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Lamium Lamium is an excellent, easy-care groundcover. Most types bloom through the summer, producing clusters of pink or white flowers. Even when they're not blooming, they have great silver-marked foliage that brightens up shady corners. What a beautiful alternative to a struggling lawn! Name: Lamium maculatum Growing Conditions: Full shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: 8 inches tall Zones: 4-8

Once found growing wild on the American prairie, coneflowers are now one of the most widely grown and hybridized perennials in the country:

Campanula 'Iridescent Bells' The 2-inch-long flowers grow in clusters. The buds are deep purple, then open to lighter lavender -- and the combination gives a two-tone effect. Up to 30 blooms appear on each shoot from spring through summer. Makes an excellent cut flower. Growing Conditions: Full sun Size: To 30 inches tall and 18 inches wide Zones: 5-8

Fire Alarm Coralbells 'Shell Shocked' Ginger Prev 5/17 Next 'Splish Splash' Barrenwort on It makes an extraordinary groundcover, especially in dry, shady locations. The leaves of 'Splish Splash' are attractively splattered with green and bronze, and in the spring they are topped with sprays of pretty white blooms. Size: To 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide

Cimicifuga a perennial that adds summer drama to the shade garden with white, candle-like flowers on plants that can reach 7 feet tall. Fine-textured foliage adds interest when not blooming. Native to areas of North America. Note:Sometimes listed by botanical name, Actaea. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Light:Part Sun,Shade Zones:3-8Plant Height:4-7 feet tall, Width:1-3 feet Bloom Time:Blooms summmer Features:Attracts Butterflies,Easy to Grow

Echinacea 'Julia' - Dwarf Coneflower, It starts flowering in early summer and cranks out bloom after bloom all season.