Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy' Silvery leaves edged in green make this low-growing perennial (to 8 inches tall) a choice ground--cover because it lights up shaded beds. White flowers appear in spring and summer.
Cimicifuga simplex Hillside Black Beauty aka Autumn Snakeroot (zones 4-9) elegantly cut foliage and 5ft tall, fragrant white flower spikes in late summer. But it has foliage that is the darkest available, an almost black purple, that, unlike others, doesn't fade as the season progresses. A statuesque plant with best leaf color in light shade. Try it with Hostas and Hackonechloa.
Cameo MINI Hosta...perfect for containers, rock gardens or in front of beds. $7.99. Petite rounded leaves start out light green, and margins fade to creamy white as plants mature. Beautiful lavender-purple bloom scapes.
Shade gardens | Astilbe hybrids Feathery, plumelike flowers have an airy quality; they come in shades of pink, salmon, lavender, red, and white above fernlike foliage. A mainstay of shaded perennial borders, they’re also great beside garden pools, along shaded paths, and in pots. Give them moist, rich soil.