Foliage Tapestry for Shade

A simple, elegant and easy care foliage-driven plant combo for the shade garden. A variety of textures in blue and silver foliage from the hosta, brunnera and fern dominate the scene. They're enlivened by the pop of vivid yellow from Aralia 'Sun King' and black mondo grass provides a firm evergreen footing to the overall scene.


Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Full Shade, Morning Sun, Part Shade
Water Needs: Average

Design Considerations

Style: Woodland
Features: Romantic Cool Colors, Fabulous Foliage
Focus: Color Theme, Mixed Border
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Plants In this Combo

  • Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

    Golden Aralia
    Sun King Spikenard

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Athyrium 'Ghost'

    Ghost Fern

    Type: Fern, Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

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  • Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

    Variegated Siberian Bugloss

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Hosta 'Halcyon'

    Halcyon Hosta

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

    Black Mondo Grass

    Type: Grass / Grass-Like
    Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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