Shade gardens can be considered a problem area of a yard because often it is difficult for plants to be visible in darker areas. If you plan well and use plants with brightly colored leaves you can add ‘pop’ even in a dark spot. Use plants with showy foliage in light colors to achieve both color and texture in a perennial border throughout the summer months. A few suggestions for shade loving plants with bright foliage are:
Hosta are known for their shade tolerance. They are available in a variety of bold colors and leaf sizes which can bring interesting texture to a shady border garden. Hosta like water but do not care to have wet feet.
Ferns are perfect for shade gardens as their natural environment is often damp areas on the forest floor. Give ferns plenty to drink! Not only are they shade loving, ferns are ideal for a wet spot which would otherwise be considered a problem area.
Heuchera, or coral bells add vibrant color to shade. New cultivars are known to be more tolerant of our Georgia heat but this plant will need water and good drainage is a must. They don’t care to have their roots sitting in water.
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