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2018’s best new shade perennials

By: Sherri Ribbey
A new year means new plants. See which plants made our list for the best new shade perennials of 2018.

Now’s the perfect time to start dreaming about next summer’s garden, and there’s no better way to spice up your borders than with a few new plants.

The 'Waterslide' hosta and "Porcelain Blue' below add a vibrant blue hue to your garden, and both thrive in shady areas. 'Waterslide' hosta's blue color holds well into summer, unlike some hybrids that fade to green. Its thick leaves stand up to harsh weather and discourage slugs from making a meal of it. The corydalis can go dormant in dry years, but don't worry: It will pop up again in the following spring. For a different color, try the rose-purple leaves of Wild Rose coral bells paired with another chartreuse-foliaged plant for an attention-getting combination.

For more new plants, read about 2018's best new annuals and sun perennials.

‘Waterslide’ hosta (Hosta hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms Lavender flowers in midsummer Light  Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 14 in. tall (17 in. in flower), 32 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 Introducer Proven Winners®

Wild Rose coral bells (Heuchera hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms Pink flowers in midsummer, purple foliage with a silver overlay Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 8 to 10 in. tall, 18 to 20 in. in bloom, 26 to 30 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 Introducer Proven Winners®

‘Porcelain Blue’ corydalis (Corydalis flexuosa)

Type Perennial Blooms Aqua blue flowers in spring Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 10 to 12 in. tall and wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 5 to 8 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1 Introducer PlantHaven International 

‘Waterslide’ hosta (Hosta hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms Lavender flowers in midsummer Light  Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 14 in. tall (17 in. in flower), 32 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 Introducer Proven Winners®

‘Porcelain Blue’ corydalis (Corydalis flexuosa)

Type Perennial Blooms Aqua blue flowers in spring Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 10 to 12 in. tall and wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 5 to 8 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1 Introducer PlantHaven International 

Wild Rose coral bells (Heuchera hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms Pink flowers in midsummer, purple foliage with a silver overlay Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 8 to 10 in. tall, 18 to 20 in. in bloom, 26 to 30 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 Introducer Proven Winners®

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