Japanese Forestgrass One of our favorite low-growing species, this gorgeous plant offers a perfect mounding habit. Variegated selections (such as 'Aureola' or 'All Gold') bear brightly colored foliage that light up shady corners. Name: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' Growing Conditions: Part shade and well-drained soil Size: To 1 foot tall Zones: 5-9 Plant This Grass Because: It adds bright color to shade gardens.
Geranium - This is not your typical annual geranium that fills window boxes everywhere… in truth, those are Pelargoniums. True geraniums are a perennial that does well in partial shade, and blooms pink or blue all summer. In addition, many varieties’ foliage turns bronze or red in the fall. We love Geranium “Rozanne”. Its blooms are big and blue, and the plant grows to 20 inches.