unique plants for a shade garden from left to right: 1. bergenia 2. hellebore 3. chinese ground orchid 4. heuchera 5. epimedium 6. dead nettle 7. solomon's seal 8. trillium 9. lady's slipper 10. bunchberry 11. checkered lily 12. pulmonaria

unique plants for a shade garden from left to right: 1. bergenia 2. hellebore 3. chinese ground orchid 4. heuchera 5. epimedium 6. dead nettle 7. solomon's seal 8. trillium 9. lady's slipper 10. bunchberry 11. checkered lily 12. pulmonaria

Shade Plants:  From left to right, clockwise, Astilbe Fireberry, Lilyturf, Lungwort, Coral Bells. (whiteflowerfarms.com)

Shade Plants: From left to right, clockwise, Astilbe Fireberry, Lilyturf, Lungwort, Coral Bells. (whiteflowerfarms.com)

There are a lot of plants we grow for the flowers they produce. Unfortunately, I've learned that after the flowers are done, you're often left with an ugly, awkward mess of slowly dying leaves for the rest of the summer. A flower bed filled with too many of these divas will look nice for a few glorious weeks, only to leave you with nothing much to look at for most of the summer unless you surround them with - you guessed it - plants with fabulous foliage.

There are a lot of plants we grow for the flowers they produce. Unfortunately, I've learned that after the flowers are done, you're often left with an ugly, awkward mess of slowly dying leaves for the rest of the summer. A flower bed filled with too many of these divas will look nice for a few glorious weeks, only to leave you with nothing much to look at for most of the summer unless you surround them with - you guessed it - plants with fabulous foliage.

'Citronelle' coral bells (Heuchera 'Citronelle') - one of the best, brightest Heucheras for shade.

Heuchera Circus (Coral Bell, Alum Root)

'Citronelle' coral bells (Heuchera 'Citronelle') - one of the best, brightest Heucheras for shade.

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