Bold shade combo
By: Garden Gate staff
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Brightening the shade
Complementary colors create bold contrasts that can sometimes be harsh on the eye. But these hues always look good in a shady spot like this.
Here, yellow-green foliage is a hot color, brightening the combo — if you’ve avoided using cool colors in the shade because they get lost in the shadows, try backing them up with this electric charteuse. Plus, purple or dark red stand out more in front of the yellow strappy leaves.
To find out more about the plants in this striking shade combo, just click ahead.
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This combo is perfect for an area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. ‘Diana Lavender Mix’ dianthus is often sold with annual flowers in packs and small pots, but it’s pretty hardy and often overwinters in USDA zones 5 and 6.
This makes it an inexpensive choice to be grown in masses or as an edging along a border, where it will add long-lasting color. For extra winter protection, add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around plants.
A – ‘Sun King’ aralia (Aralia cordata) Perennial; white flowers in summer; chartreuse foliage; part to full shade; 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 9 to 1
B – ‘Aureola’ hakonechloa (Hakonechloa macra) Perennial; yellow and green variegated foliage; part to full shade; 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 9 to 1
C – ‘Diana Lavender Mix’ dianthus (Dianthus chinensis) Tender perennial; mix of purple and bicolor purple and white flowers in spring and summer; full sun to part shade; 8 to 10 in. tall and wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1