I love the flow of the flowerbed!
This is a great article, Conifers for Shade, from Fine Gardening Magazine. Don’t skimp on year ’round interest just because there is shade! 🙂
No shade garden is complete without astilbe. These rugged perennials thrive in moist shade, providing you with a summer’s worth of big, bold, frilly flower heads. And even when not in bloom, the plants’ mounded, fernlike foliage is worth the price of admission. Heights vary by variety but most types grow 2-3 feet tall. Astilbe flowers come in white, red, pink, orange, and violet, and generally start to appear in late spring and early summer. They thrive in a rich, loose, organic soil. Zones …
Shade: aglaonema Valentine (Chinese evergreen), pink New Guinea impatiens, blue torenia, creeping jenny
Small shade garden, Astilbes, fuchsias, hostas, creeping jenny:
Attractive gravel garden path • photo via Erin on The Impatient Gardner
another example of a beautiful shade garden, flowers, gardening, outdoor living, Planting Combination On the top left is Hosta Sagae Below it is lime colored Hosta Blaze of Glory With tiny white flowers in the centre is Corydallis ochroleuca See the blog post for more info
Forget hostas… heucheras will rock your shade garden with a four season riot of color. Love them!
Helleborus ‘Peppermint Ice’. 2′ tall by 2′ wide. Tough, reliable & long-lived shade lovers – Hellebores tolerate poor soil, clay, drought & marauding deer. Rutgers Deer Resistance Rating: A = Rarely Damaged. Blooms winter through spring.
A good list of shade plants