Cimicifuga Chocoholic- shorter version of the dark-leaved Autumn Snakeroot

Cimicifuga Hillside Black Beauty

purple oxalis -- I've been growing this plant in a container for years. I bring it inside every winter, and let it go dormant in my basement, though I do water it some.

Coral Bells 'Obsidian' - Purple leafed cultivars can tolerate more direct sun; in general the darker the purple coloration the more exposure to sun they can tolerate.

WEIGELA 'Midnight Wine' A Paradise Garden Five Star Shrub A marvelous low mounding, dwarf version of 'Wine & Roses'.

Cimicifuga simplex Hillside Black Beauty... partly shady.

Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'

Full Shade and Part Shade Perennials these colours are gorgeous together

Sorbaria, Sem Easy to grow in well-drained soil, in full sun to part shade. Perennial Zone: 3-7 Sun: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-4 f

Astilboides--how cool is this plant?! Good for height and drama in the shade garden. Unusual and hard to find but well worth the hunt. Deer resistant.

Various foliage. Light and dark. Hostas. Lime, purple, green.

Heucheras, the "new hostas" for shady spots. So colorful!

wild ginger - shade perennial

Stepables - plants that aren't harmed when you step on them - replace that grass!

Periwinkle - good lawn substitute for sloping ground. Thrives in shade and is drought-tolerant (grow on its own!)

Soapwort - Saponaria officinalis A cinch to grow. Features clusters of phlox-like pink, purple, or white flowers in summer and fall. Full sun and well-drained soil. To 2 feet tall and wide. Grow with Yarrow; both are low-care, sun-loving perennials. Zones 3-9

Ajuga 'Golden Glow'

White Clips Bell Flower

Creeping Blue Sedum features round, blue foliage with a deep pink line, changing to all pink each winter. Variegated offers buttery yellow and silvery-blue oval leaves. | Zones 3-9. | Light: Full sun to partial shade | Height: 6-12"

Stunning shade plant: Black Snakeroot. Hardy zones 4-8. Brings great contrast to any shade garden!

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'. New in 2013. 4'; Sun or part shade. Order from White Flower Farm.