Heuchera Marmalade has caramel-color maplelike leaves that will stand out in a shady garden border. Small white flowers appear in the spring, and in the autumn the leaves turn a lovely shade of rose-red.

The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014

Buttered Rum Heucherella Name: Heucherella 'Buttered Rum' Growing Conditions: Shade, Partial shade Size: inches tall, inches wide Zones:

Allium Beau Regard.  A wonderfully dramatic allium for early summer displays.

One of the best shade perennials - pairs well with Hosta - try Allium. Various sizes (these ones are GIANTS). Of the onion family - bulbs. Slow multiplier, but oh so dramatic! Blooms spring/summer then dies back. Beauty wants these/ like dr Seuss plants!

Sedum Autumn Joy. Useful for both early, fleshy, leaf clumps and for its seed heads which flower in September & October and then last all winter in their dried form.  Can cope with drier soil but needs some direct sunlight.

Perfecting plant combinations

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ -- Another great choice for late summer flowers and winter texture. Its flowers bloom from August into November; they open pink and mature to a copper befitting of autumn. It is 2 feet tall and wide, with succulent stems and leaves.

Brunnera macrophylla.  Lovely heart-shaped bright green leaves and long-lived starry blue flowers in early summer.  Can cope with dry shade and still spread gently over a reasonable area.

Siberian bugloss

Shade - Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian bugloss) Forget - Me - Not - Home And Garden

Schizostylis the Kaffir Lily. It is native to South Africa and is great for late season colour in the UK flowering from end of September to November

Schizostylis the Kaffir Lily. It is native to South Africa and is great for late season colour in the UK flowering from end of September to November --- Flower possibility for African/flower motif, right arm

Galanthus elwesii is the largest flowering snowdrop. Blooming with pure white bell shaped fragrant flowers, Galanthus elwesii is the first flower of the year.  Tolerant of wooded shady areas.

Galanthus elwesii is the largest flowering snowdrop. Blooming with pure white bell shaped fragrant flowers, Galanthus elwesii is the first flower of the year. Tolerant of wooded shady areas.

Wood Anenome.  A lovely British native which grows well in woodland in dappled shade.

A lovely British native which grows well in woodland in dappled shade.

Choisya Sundance.  A useful evergreen shrub with aromatic leaves. If pruned correctly has fragrant star-shaped white flowers in early summer and then sometimes a second flush in early autumn.

A useful evergreen shrub with aromatic leaves. If pruned correctly has fragrant star-shaped white flowers in early summer and then sometimes a second flush in early autumn.

Camellia williamsii 'Anticipation'.  Evergreen shrub with beautiful shiny dark green leaves and knock-out colour in early spring.  Needs mulching/watering in late summer as it will drop its buds if ground gets too dry.  Tolerates shade.

Evergreen shrub with beautiful shiny dark green leaves and knock-out colour in early spring. Needs mulching/watering in late summer as it will drop its buds if ground gets too dry.

Berberidopsis Corallina - climber for acid soil in a mild sheltered garden.  Semi-evergreen.

Berberidopsis Corallina - climber for acid soil in a mild sheltered garden.

Blueberry bush 'Spartan'. One of the best flavoured varieties, cropping early in the season. Needs acid soil and some sun.

Blueberry Bush 'Spartan'

One of the best flavoured varieties, cropping early in the season. Available from Pomona Fruits.

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