Fatsia japonica - Japanese aralia. Happy in full sun to shade. A tropical-looking, evergreen shrub with gorgeously glossy, deep green palmate leaves. In autumn, creamy white flowers are produced in large panicles, which are often followed by round, black fruit. It makes a superb feature in an exotic-style garden, where the large leaves team well with bamboos and grasses.
'Diamonds are Forever' Hosta Each dark green leaf has a broad, snow-white edge that will add sparkle to your shady borders. In late summer, it produces graceful stalks topped with purple bell-shape flowers. Name: Hosta 'Diamonds are Forever' Growing Conditions: Shade or part shade and well-drained soil Size: To 10 inches tall and 24 inches wide Zones: 3-9 Grow It With: Corydalis
Credit: Holmes Garden Photos/Alamy Silver spear (Astelia chathamica - also sold as Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’). The leaves have a silvery sheen to them so it’s surprising to find that they like partial shade and not the full sun that you might expect. It makes bold, handsome clumps that look like a small phormium. Silver spear (1m) isn’t reliably hardy, but it will get through most winters with some protection. Buy at
Botanical Name: Amelanchier alnifolia am-el-AN-keer all-nih-FOE-lee-ah Common Name: Alder-leaved serviceberry, Saskatoon Genus: Amelanchier Height 6 ft. to 10 ft. Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Part Shade Only Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Birds; Interesting Bark; Native; Showy Fall Foliage Bloom Time Spring Style Herb Garden, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest Type Shrubs
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ A terrific low evergreen groundcover for sunny areas with poor dry soil. This forms a trailing mat of succulent golden-yellow leaves. Clusters of yellow starry flowers appear during the summer. Best with occasional to no foot traffic. Drought tolerant.
Botanical Name:Mahonia bealeiCommon Name: Leatherleaf mahonia, Beale's barberry Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft. Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower;Moderate Grower Light Part Shade Only Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant Characteristics Attracts Birds; Fragrant Flowers; Showy Fruit Bloom Time Early Spring; Spring Foliage Color Evergreen Flower Color Yellow Flower Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Foundation
While this showy shrub survives in low light levels, its foliage shows the best color in bright spots. Name: Codiaeum variegatum pictum Growing Conditions: Bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Note: This plant is poisonous and can make children or pets sick if they chew on it or eat it.