Working through 30 years of summer breaks and then retirement, two Iowa teachers molded an empty backyard into an A landscape. Strolling through their gardens offers lessons in creating a great yard with a limited budget and lots of patience.
Lesson 4. Take a "less is more" approach to color."When all kinds of colors aren't fighting for your attention," he adds, "you actually see contrasting shapes and textures." This composition includes: Verbascum chaixii; Hosta 'Sum and Substance'; Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'; and Iris pallida 'Variegata.' Read more: Landscaping Tips from Sean Conway - Garden Design Ideas - Country Living
Plants for Shady Gardens: Astilbe. Known best for their colorful flower plumes, many of the newer astilbe varieties also have showy foliage that may be bronze, pale green, blue green, dark green or wine red. If you choose varieties with different foliage colors, bloom times and heights, they can add lots of interesting color and texture throughout the season.
10 Great Plants for Shady Gardens: Gardener's Supply