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 Learm more about lamium.
Bluebeard Shrub This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It's extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Name: Caryopteris varieties Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall
Peony ~ Showy flowers and heavenly fragrance make peonies a much beloved perennial for mid- to late-spring color in the garden. Typically best placed in an area with at least six hours of sun, the peony needs afternoon shade in warmer climates. The showy flowers can be vibrant shades of white, yellow, pink and red. Peonies are extremely long-lived plants; a 75- to 100-year lifespan isn't uncommon.