Astilbe in a border makes a fabulous show & grows equally well in full sun/partial shade. .LOVE this bright pink!

Tips for Growing Astilbe

Front yard/house Astilbe in a border makes a fabulous show & grows equally well in full sun/partial shade.LOVE this bright pink!

Aubrieta- apparently these are great for slopes and ground cover. Love the purple!

purple heart of creeping phlox. Sweet magnolias Farm identified this as creeping phlox

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.  Low, spreading sedums form a solid mat of foliage which can be planted as a groundcover in sunny, dry areas. They are extremely drought tolerant and many are evergreen. These are terrific low-maintenance plants that always look their best.

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.

Forms of geranium work well on slopes as they hug the ground and send rootlets in all directions.

Our Favorite Shade Garden Perennials

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.

Ostrich Fern is a tough perennial that loves moist, shady spots.

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Ostrich Fern is a tough perennial that loves moist, shady spots. Try more of our favorite flowers for wet soil

Rozanne perennial geranium!!  Such a superstar plant, lasts for months and will also cut and come again.. Slightly scrambling habit but this works well with many other plants

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Such a superstar plant, lasts for months and will also cut and come again. Slightly scrambling habit but this works well with the other plants

The largest brunnera we’ve ever seen, ‘Alexander’s Great’ has gigantic leaves that form an impressive mound of outstanding silver-and-green leaves. Plus, in the spring it develops spikes of lovely sky blue blooms that hover over the silver leaves. It prefers rich, slightly moist soil, so be sure to mulch it to keep it happy during times of drought.

The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014

Alexander's Great BrunneraName: Brunnera ‘Alexander’s Great’ Growing Conditions: Shade, Partial Shade Size: inches tall, inches wide Zones: Source: Terra Nova

Gardeners' garters is a perfect plant for adding a dose of color anywhere you don't want to maintain; it's a fast-spreading variety perfect for covering slopes and other areas. The green leaves are beautifully striped in creamy white.  It thrives in just about every garden situation from full, hot sun to shade. (In shade, it spreads a lot more slowly.) It also doesn't mind wet or dry soil.

Variegated ribbongrass is a perfect plant for adding a dose of color anywhere you don't want to maintain; it's a fast-spreading variety perfect for covering slopes and other areas.

Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) Must-haves for lightly shaded woodland gardens, these much-loved plants bear tiny but exquisite blue flowers in spring in mild climates.

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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. An added bonus -- the foliage turns shades of pink in the fall. Zones 5-9.

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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.

Heuchera  These garden workhorses thrive in light shade (full sun in cooler climates).    They send up slender, wiry stems of tiny bell-shaped, pink or white blooms. But it’s the scalloped or lobed leaves we love most; they come in delicious shades of cool lime, plum, chocolate, and more.

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Sedum Autumn Joy with  Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' or 'Hameln' in the fall.

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.

Sweet Woodruff, a non-invasive ground cover for shady areas

Easy Groundcovers

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

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