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Ideas for shade-tolerant colour?


By Pip_c

Southern Sydney, NSW, Australia Au

I've got this garden bed that gets almost no sun and I'd like to make it a bit colourful especially as spring is coming. It's quite small and shallowish. Any ideas?



The first thing that springs to mind is Heucheras.

You can get purple, purpley-pink, green, green and various and amber coloured leaves that would look great there.

They'd 'shine' out in that shadey area.
In my shadey areas i use the amber coloured ones specifically 'Creme Brulee' and 'Caramel', the reverse side of their leaves are a subtle pink shade and when the breeze moves them you get the amber front and the pinkish back - lovely :)

The lime green ones would also 'sing out' from a shadey area nicely too, the amber ones are 'warmer' in my opinion :)

6 Sep, 2009


Ligularia, digitalis (foxgloves) and aquilegia work for me

6 Sep, 2009


i dont know about your situation but you ever tried getting some big mirrors .yagh varnashing the backs and putting them round the edge.its just a different idea that mite get more light into your shady bit and some more choice of also increases the size your garden looks

6 Sep, 2009


Mirrors ..... good thought Nosey.

6 Sep, 2009


thanx louise and you could hide the edges with planting or the opposit and show them off

6 Sep, 2009


any variegated hosta for late spring and the variegated Brunnera 'jack frost'.
I have a lot of shade so if you want have a look at my plant list. the only none shady bits are front trianglular bed, and front walled border.

6 Sep, 2009


Thanks everyone for your suggestions I will bear them in mind :-)

9 Oct, 2009


your welcome

12 Oct, 2009

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