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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!

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

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]

Linda Cochran Garden / Bainbridge Island by terrymoyemont TTL Design

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

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.

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.

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.