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.
Winter Shrubs: Plant a shrub--or three--in your garden that will withstand winter's frigid temperatures. Alternatively, plant an ornamental grass, such as the pink muhly, that tolerates winter weather.