Rick’s Picks for Shade

Rick's Picks for Shade

Rick’s Picks for shade include old fashion favorites like astilbe and hostas as well as newer varieties of shade tolerant plants like certain coral bells which can handle our summer heat and humidity. Most shade loving plants can tolerate, and some even prefer, a few hours of morning sun.

 Japanese Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' Anemone ”Honorine Jobert’
Lovely single-white flowers with striking yellow centers are held on long strong stems thta make them perfect for cutting. Easy to grow and vigorous. Blooms late summer into fall so great for late season color.
 Aralia Sun-King Aralia ‘Sun King’
This hardy, but tropical looking perennial brightens up the shde garden. Large bright gold leaves. Tiny white flowers produce purple-black berries in fall. 3 ft. and deer resistant.
 Astilbe Delft Lace Astilbe ‘Delft Lace’
Red stems with salmon pink buds that open to soft apricot pink flowers. Forms a robust clump of blue-green foliage that reddens with fall. 2-3 ft.
 Hellebore Ivory Prince Helleborus or Lenten Rose
Lenton Rose  is a lovely, underused shade specimen or ground cover. One of the few truly evergreen plants remaining attractive all winter. Thick leathery leaves have beautiful rose shaped flowers early in the season, around Lent. Blooms right up until early summer. 10-12 inches and deer resistant.
 Heuchera--CINNAMON-CURLS Heuchera or Coral Bell ‘Cinnamon Curls’
Cinnamon Curls forms a tidy compact mound of glossy, ruffled leaves in a blend of coppery orange, red and purple tones. Spring color is fiery orange-red. 8-12 inches.
 Heucherella Leapfrog Heucherella or Foamy Bells ‘Leapfrog’
A real spring knockout! Brilliant chartreuse yellow leaves emerge in spring with a burgundy center, mellow to lime green with purple centers in summer. In fall and winter, leaves take on apricot and rose tones. Small ivory flowers, 10-12 inches.
  Hosta ‘First Frost’
Blue-green leaves emerge with a gold margin which changes to pure white later in the season. Leaves hold up well until the ‘first frost!” 16 inches tall with flower stalks 28 inches.
 Hosta Rainforest Sunrise Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’
Leaves emerge light green, then quickly develop dark green margins with radiant gold centers. As they mature, the thick leaves become lightly cupped and slighly puckered. Light lavender flowers. Only 8 inches tall.
Tiarella Sugar&Spice Tiarella or Foamflower ‘Sugar & Spice’
Forms a compact clump of glossy green, deeply dissected leaves with prominent blackish purple blotch. Lightly fragrant pink and white flowers in spring. Easy to grow. 8 inches.
 Tradescantia Sweet Kate Tradescantia or Spiderwort ‘Sweet Kate’
Brilliant gold foliage contrasts with violet- blue triangular blossoms. Brightens up shady sites. Blooms up to 8 weeks if trimmed back occasionally. 12 inches.


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