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Foxgloves are majestic, low-care plants for the woodland garden. Most of the common varieties are biennials, meaning they grow foliage one year, bloom the next, then die. But happily, if you leave them to drop seed, new crops will spring up on their own every year. Name: Digitalis selections Growing Conditions: Part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide Zones: 4-8
Fern-leaf bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia and D. formosa) look beautiful all season. They'll bloom on and off from spring to fall (if they get enough moisture during hot, dry periods), producing delicate clusters of pink, red, or white flowers. Even when not in bloom, though, their tidy mounds of blue-green, ferny foliage looks great. They grow best in Zones 4-8 and grow up to 2 feet tall.
Japanese Forest Grass (Halonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) Where it will grow: Hardy to -30 degrees Fahrenheit (zones 4 to 9) Water requirement: Average, moisture-retentive soil Light requirement: Partial shade to full sun (if well watered); it will be more green in shade and soft yellow in sun Mature size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide Benefits and tolerances: Deer resistant When to plant: Spring or fall
Coralbells In spring and early summer, coralbells produce sprays of pink, red, or white flowers. These flowers are a top choice of hummingbirds. Name: Heuchera varieties Growing conditions: Part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 4-8
Columbine While its foliage stays compact, the delicate, nodding flowers of columbine reach upward, to 2 feet. The flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds yet resistant to deer and rabbits. Botanical name: Aquilegia USDA zones: 3 to 8 Light requirement: Part sun to shade Water requirement: Medium moisture Size: 1 foot to 3 feet tall and 6 inches to 1 1/2 foot wide