I made up a shade container today using mostly perennials to put in our shade perennial area to showcase some of the options for colour and texture in a shady (in this case moist) area. If someone wants to buy it good for them (it’s $130) but otherwise I’m happy enough to keep this as a display piece.
The container. Heucherella ‘Spotlight’ in the background, Tiarella sp. behind that.
The best part about this (in my opinion) is that you could take all these plants properly spaced and in larger numbers with a few extras here or there and have a pretty good plant list for an interesting shade garden. I’d personally substitute Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (we haven’t been able to keep it on the shelves this year and barely had any of the ‘All Gold’ still around) and possibly go for a larger growing Astilbe, and probably add in an Actea ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ for later season interest and even more fun with foliage. Odds are when the Astilbe finishes I’ll replace it with Actea ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ in the container anyway.