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    Plectranthus zuluensis - A beautiful, ever-blooming groundcover for bright shade, Plectranthus zuluensis grows quickly to 18” tall & 3’ - 4’ across. Its numerous 4” - 5” flowering spikes are a nice lavender-purple & are well displayed on dark purple stems above the foliage. The attractive leaves are rich green & quilted like Coleus & form a dense mass. Easy, pretty & useful! Rich soil is best. Protect below 32°.

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Creeping Buttercup Here's a buttercup that no gardener should be without. 'Buttered Popcorn' offers bright, chartreuse-splattered foliage that's truly electric in the shade garden. While the foliage is the main attraction, creeping buttercup also offers golden flowers in late spring and early summer. Name: Ranunculus repens Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil Size: 3 inches tall Zones: 4-9

Another Agastache (Hyssop) variety I have in the garden. Love the green and purple contrast.

Growing in 6” of soil spread over our asphalt parking lot, we can attest to the extreme indestructibility of this rugged groundcover. Drought tolerant, snail proof, deer resistant & aromatic, this South African perennial spreads rapidly to 3’ across. Blooms like crazy Spring thru Fall!

New Shade-Loving Perennial Variety for 2013 - 'Circus' Coralbells or Heuchera... In the spring, it has peach-color leaves with deep red veins. In summer, the red veins remain but leaves slowly turn chartreuse with highlights of silver, shooting up reddish-purple stems bearing small, bright pink bell-shape flowers. Grow in shade or part shade in well-drained soil - For Zones 4-9. Grows 14"T & W - Good with Hostas. [via]

Fragaria vesca ssp. californica “Woodland Strawberry”... this is the default ground creeper in our garden ♥

Helleborus x lividus ‘Pink Marble’

Japanese Forestgrass SHADE PLANT: Japanese forestgrass (Hakonechloa macra) is a wonderful grass for shady areas. It offers a lovely waterfall-like habit and variegated varieties have bight gold, yellow, or white in the foliage. In fall, the leaves usually pick up beautiful reddish tones. It grows best in Zones 5-9 and grows a foot tall.

Sisyrinchium bellum ‘North Coast’ “Blue-Eyed-Grass” (3) 3/10/13 source: Annies Annuals

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.

I should find out if this dries out too much. Otherwise, could be a good choice for the yard.

Deschampsia caespitosa "Tufted Hair Grass" - valued for its neat, dark, evergreen foliage & for the cloud-like quality of its flowering stalks. Tolerates a fair amt of shade though flowering will be reduced. Zone 4-10