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Pearlwort (Sagina spp.) Have a tight, tough spot? Try pearlwort. This durable little plant can soften the edges of flagstones and rocks in dry crevice gardens with bright green or golden 1/2-inch tall mats of foliage. This tiny plant is excellent in troughs and other containers, and as a groundcover in rock gardens. It can be walked upon gently with little damage and seeds generously. Free draining gritty soil is pearlworts preference.

The chartreuse-edged leaves of 'Solar Eclipse' Foamy Bells are perfect to add some light to the shade.

The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014: Electrify the darkest corners of your landscape with shade-loving perennial flowers. Here are some of our top picks for 2014. By Doug Jimerson and Karen Weir-Jimerson

SHORT-MEDIUM - Light: Sun Zones: 2-8 Plant Type: Perennial Plant Height: 8-36 inches Plant Width: 4-36 inches Bloom Time: Blooms spring and summer, depending on variety Landscape Uses: Containers,Beds & Borders Special Features: Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow

'Warm Summer' Coneflower produces flowers for bouquets from June through August. It fills a garden bed with warm color -- just sow seeds and enjoy flowers later in the season. Name: Echinacea 'Warm Summer' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 30 inches tall, 18 inches wide Zones: 4-9 Grow It With: Black-eyed Susan Source: burpee.com

Blanketflower Blanketflower is a heat- and drought-tolerant wildflower that provides long-lasting color in a sunny border with poor soil. Its daisylike, 3-inch wide, single or double flowers bloom through the summer and into the fall. Zones 3-8

Hellebore/Lenten Rose. Perennial. (*SB loves this.*) Easy. Deer-resistant and mostly evergreen, hellebores' divided leaves rise on sturdy stems and may be serrated (like a knife) along the edges. They do best in shade where soil remains moist; some prefer acid or alkaline conditions, depending on variety. Winter interest. 1-4' tall.

Avens for zone 7. Light: Sun Zones: 3-9 Plant Type: Perennial Plant Height: 6 inches to 2 feet tall Plant Width: 8 inches to 2 feet wide Landscape Uses: Containers,Beds & Borders Special Features: Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Easy to Grow

Amsonia A tough, but sadly underused perennial, amsonia produces clusters of sky-blue flowers in late spring. It's not just a one-season wonder, though. In autumn, its foliage turns brilliant shades of gold -- enough to rival many of the trees when they put on their fall finery. Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall I want some of this for the front yard!

MEDIUM - Light: Sun,Part Sun,Shade Zones: 3-9 Plant Type: Perennial Plant Height: 12-36 inches tall Plant Width: 6-30 inches wide Landscape Uses: Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover Special Features: Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Easy to Grow

Bleeding heart ~ perennial ~ heart-shape pink or white blooms with protruding tip ~ grow best in partial to full shade