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°. Plectranthus Zuluensi
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
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 bhg.com]
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.
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.