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2013 Perennial Plant of the Year Variegated Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum Variegatum) (...we've loved it for a long time.)

2013 Perennial Plant of the Year, Variegated Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’). I've admired this plant for years, and now I think I finally have enough shade to grow it!

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‘Evening Star’ meadow rue

Add a bit of flash to your garden with this shade-loving perennial.

Fatsia japonica  - Japanese aralia. Happy in full sun to shade. A tropical-looking, evergreen shrub with gorgeously glossy, deep green palmate leaves. In autumn, creamy white flowers are produced in large panicles, which are often followed by round, black fruit. It makes a superb feature in an exotic-style garden, where the large leaves team well with bamboos and grasses.

Fatsia japonica- (Japanese aralia) tropical-looking glossy palmate leaves. Happy in medium to full shade, slightly acidic rich soil, regular water

Sweet Woodruff aka Galium odorata - fragrant flowers in May and a good ground cover for shade where only moss will grow.

Asperula Odorata (Sweet Woodruff, Galium odorata)

Sweet Woodruff aka Galium odorata - fragrant flowers in May and a good ground cover for shade where only moss will grow. Can be very aggressive but not when in dry shade

Hydrangea quercifolia / Oakleaf Hydrangea -Snow Queen is great in full shade

Hydrangea quercifolia / Oakleaf Hydrangea -Snow Queen - Plant in holes in borders.

Sweet Woodruff is Shade Gardeners Delight

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum): ground cover plant for poor soil and grows in well-drained to moist soil, and partial sun to complete shade

'Bottle Rocket' - Ligularia hybrid - Perennial that does well in shade.  Zones 4-9

'Bottle Rocket' - Ligularia hybrid

Alaska Garden 'Bottle Rocket' - Ligularia hybrid - Perennial that does well in shade.

Ghost fern and Solomon's Seal

Athyrium ‘Ghost’ with Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (variegated Solomon’s seal, which doesn’t move around as rampantly as the species) is a very well-behaved, handsome pair. Plus link to a Toronto shade garden.

A hugely popular plant for shade, which I have only just discovered. It’s my favourite shade discovery for foliage and flowers. It cuts well too.

Tellima grandiflora

Buy Tellima grandiflora from Sarah Raven: A hugely popular plant for shade, which I have only just discovered. It’s my favourite shade discovery for foliage and flowers. It cuts well too.

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