Sedum 'John Creech' A dense groundcover with very small, green leaves that keep their intense color even in full sun. Its tight, compact habit keeps the weeds from poking through. Clusters of pinkish-purple flowers are produced in midsummer.
Geranium - One of the toughest plants in the shade garden, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) doesn't mind heat or drought. Plant it with: Add height and interest to your shade garden by planting bigroot geranium in front of toad lilies.
Forget-me-not - Must-haves for lightly shaded woodland gardens, these much-loved plants bear tiny but exquisite blue flowers in spring in mild climates. ‘Baby Blue’, a hybrid from Proven Winners, has true blue flowers and grows 6 to 8 inches tall.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'Finally, an ornamental grass that thrives in the shade! The lime-and-white variegated foliage of the Japanese forest grass cascades beautifully at the edge of a flower bed in the darkest corners of your garden.
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.
Groundcover - Sweet woodruff is the perfect groundcover for adding fragrance to your backyard. When the leaves are crushed they smell like freshly mown hay. This is one plant that isn't prone to invasiveness and tends to form well-mannered clumps