Other than green

sandyshorts(7b)April 5, 2005

Looking for plants to go in a shady garden that are other than green. This is for zone 7a, location receives morning and late afternoon sun. Full sun during the winter.

Really want some different color to go under these oaks(9) rather than seasonal flower/bulb color that I already have.

Currently have:

Coral bell azaleas


Lamium Beacon Silver (groundcover)

Heuchera 'choclate veil'

Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow (groundcover)

Stonecrop sedum (groundcover)

Elephant ears



mondo grass

Want some interesting bark color and foliage. Some height differences would be great too!

//Image is about a year old or so. I gotta get some updates done ;)

Thanks for your ideas!

Here is a link that might be useful: Work in Progress

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too_many_pets(LI Z7)

How 'bout Tiarella?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2005 at 7:53PM
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ahughes798(z5 IL)

Or that variegated Jacob's Ladder? April

    Bookmark   April 5, 2005 at 9:00PM
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Columbine. Native geranium. Azaleas. Maple leaf viburnum. Clethra. To name just a few.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2005 at 1:52PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

sweet joe pye weed, culversroot, cardinal flower, columbine, northern sea oats...

    Bookmark   April 7, 2005 at 9:29PM
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Golden yews, cornus, many 'alpines' are purple, many a great heather species

    Bookmark   April 8, 2005 at 5:24AM
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Look for shade tolerant plants in golds or that offer variegation - various euonymus, gold leaved Japanes barberry, gold leaved or variegated hydrangeas ('Sun Goddess', 'Little Honey', 'Lemon Wave'), variegated twig dogwood ('Elegantissima', 'Ivory Halo', 'Gouchaultii', etc.) and bright colored perennials - Dicentra 'Goldheart', Thalictrum 'Illuminator', Campanula 'Dickson's Gold', Persicaria 'Painter's Palette', Aquilegia 'Woodside Gold', Fuchsia magellanica 'Aurea', Hechera 'Lime Rickey' and Hecherella 'Sunspot' or 'Stoplight'. Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' is happiest in part shade and offers purple flushed foliage and chartreuse flowerheads. Add variegated hostas and caladiums for summer interest.

It is possible to have a very bright, shady planting area if you select plants with colored folaige and not rely simply on flower color to carry it off.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2005 at 10:42AM
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Dieter2NC(z7b NC)

gold dust acuba, leatherleaf mahonia

    Bookmark   April 11, 2005 at 9:27AM
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