Plectranthus zuluensis - bright shade

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

Red Stonecrop (Sedum Spurium 'Schorbuser Blut') is a very attractive border plant that does not mind the shade and can be used as ground cover under trees and shrubs forming an expansive red carpet. Its star-shaped red flowers stand out from its beautiful dark green, slightly red leaves. Flowers absolutely anywhere. Another advantage of these plants is that they suppress the growth of weeds.

Escargot Begonia - would have to be an inside container plant for me, not hardy enough for zone 4

Smoke bush - this is a wonderful bush for the garden. The blooms are very airy, thus the name "smoke" bush. Also changes colors with the seasons

Yellow Stonecrop (Sedum Acre) forms a dense carpet of fleshly, green leaves and countless star-shaped yellow flowerets. This evergreen plant is a ground cover that holds its leaves in winter.

Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'

Piece of Eden: Echeveria Propagation

Echeveria 'Afterglow' succulent plant, fleshy leaves, purple and pink desert drought tolerant-judywhite/ Garden

Salvia 'Allen Chickering' at  San Marcos Growers

Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'

Plectranthus argentatus

Dianthus in the rockery...need these in blue or purple

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Persian Shield. Easily multiplied by simply breaking off and sticking in potting soil. Plant Width 24 in - 2 ft 6 in Foliage Color Blue Green, Burgundy, Purple Light Requirements Full - Part Shade

soapwort-- heat and humidity tolerant. saponaria ocymoides- should be deer resistant too. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 4 inches tall Zones: 3-9

Plant a path with sedum sarmentosum - spreads rapidly - good for poor soils.

Hellebores - Light: Sun,Part Sun,Shade Zones: 4-9 Plant Type: Perennial Plant Height: 1-4 feet tall Plant Width: 1-3 feet wide

Purple Iris Beds. If you like this garden, read our article on getting more iris blooms in your own garden at

Deschampsia caespitosa "Tufted Hair Grass" meadow or under oaks

Stipa arundinacea (Syn. Anemanthele lessoniana) “New Zealand Wind Grass”