Speaking of hosta, how can you have a shade garden without these beauties? There are so many varieties with different foliage and leaf sizes and colors, you're sure to find one that fits your location. Plus, some produce fragrant flowers in summer too.
- Try 'Lakeside Cupcake' with its cup-shaped, corrugated textured, white leaves with a blue-green margin. It only grows 1 foot tall.
- 'First Frost' is a larger hosta (2 feet tall), producing blue-green leaves with a yellow margins and lavender colored flowers in summer. First frost contrast well with 'Dream Queen'. '
- Dream Queen' features blue-green leaves with yellow centers on 1- to 2-foot tall plants.
To keep hosta slug-free, cultivate around the plants frequently and apply iron phosphate-based baits that are safe for the environment.
I love the airiness of coral bells (Heuchera). Not only are the dainty flowers in a variety of colors, the foliage is attractive even when the plants aren't blooming. These low growing plants do well in part shade.
For varieties with unique colored foliage,
Coral bells make great container plants as well as garden plants.