Summersweet We like summersweet because it blooms in shady spots. We also love that its pink or white flowers have a wonderful fragrance. Add its golden fall leaf color and you have an ideal shrub. Note: Look for cultivars, such as 'Ruby Spice', that offer an extra-long bloom season. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist soil Size: To 5 feet tall Zones: 3-9
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Caladium 'Thai Beauty': This caladium thrives in partial shade, tolerating up to half a day of sunlight (which actually improves its color). The leaves emerge green in spring, but quickly begin assuming their bright, eye-catching hues that holds up nicely no matter how hot and humid your summer gets. Grows up to 20" tall. Perennial in zones 9-10.
Wild Ginger Wild ginger is prized for its glossy, heart-shape leaves and vigorous growth. While not invasive, it wastes no time forming a sizable colony in your landscape. Name: Asarum europaeum Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil Size: To 4 inches tall Zones: 4-8
Beautiful Spring-Flowering Shrubs: Fothergilla. It's fothergilla to the rescue if you want a beautiful blooming shrub that thrives in the shade. This compact plant really delivers: It bears clusters of white, fragrant flowers in spring, then in autumn the leaves turn an amazing array of reds, yellows, and oranges. Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall wide, depending on type Zones: 5-9, depending on type
Brunnera - Deer Resistant A shade plant, it bears beautiful clusters of sky-blue flowers in spring. There are variegated selections such as 'Jack Frost' or 'Looking Glass' and you can enjoy its beautiful foliage straight through frost. Plant Name: Brunnera macrophylla Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall and wide Zones: 3 - 7