Spectacular shade combo
By: Garden Gate staff
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An eye-catching combo for shade
There doesn’t have to be a shortage of color or texture in areas of the garden that get less light! The plants in this border thrive in part shade, adding a lush variety of foliage and brightening blooms.
Planting in shade has special benefits, too. Because less sunlight reaches the soil, it’s difficult for weeds to germinate and take over. A spreading ground cover, like this dense carpet of Japanese pachysandra, blocks sunlight even further. And along with a layer of mulch, shade slows evaporation so you won’t have to worry about watering as frequently as you might in a sunny spot.
To find out more about the plants in this combo, click ahead!
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In alkaline soil, Let’s Dance Rhythmic Blue bigleaf hydrangeas will have pink blooms. For blue flowers, lower soil pH to 5.0 to 5.5 by adding aluminum sulfate. This bigleaf hydrangea blooms on old and new wood. Help young shrubs form a well-branched habit by pinching back growing tips whenever a few inches of new growth appears. Do this during its first two years in your garden, but stop all pruning by midsummer, so buds have time to develop.
A – ‘Bridal Veil’ astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii) Perennial; white blooms in early summer; plumes gently droop at the tip; part to full shade; 24 to 30 in. tall, 18 to 20 in. wide; cold zones 4 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1
B – ‘Country & Western’ astilbe (Astilbe) Perennial; fuzzy, soft pink flower plumes in early summer; part to full shade; 12 to 18 in. tall and wide; cold zones 4 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1
C – Let’s Dance® Rhythmic Blue™ bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) Shrub; pink or blue, depending on soil pH, early summer mophead flowers; reblooms in late summer; full sun to part shade; 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide; cold zones 5 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1
D – ‘Aaron’ caladium (Caladium) Tender tuber; leaves have white centers with dark green margins; part to full shade; 12 to 24 in. tall, 14 to 18 in. wide; cold zones 9 to 11, heat zones 12 to 1
E – Diamond Frost® euphorbia (Euphorbia hypericifolia) Tender perennial; covered in small white blooms all summer; full sun to part shade; 12 to 18 in. tall, 8 to 18 in. wide; cold zones 10 to 12, heat zones 12 to 1
F – ‘Jack Frost’ brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla) Perennial; light blue flowers in spring; dark green foliage has an intricate silver overlay; part to full shade; 12 to 18 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide; cold zones 3 to 7, heat zones 7 to 1
G – Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) Perennial; small white blooms in late spring; glossy green, deer-resistant foliage; part to full shade; 4 to 10 in. tall, spreading; cold zones 5 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1