Lush Foliage and Summer Flowers for Shade

This lush, foliage-driven plant combination in shades of green is calm and restful and exudes a zen vibe. Since it relies primarily on foliage and the long-lasting floral display of the limelight hydrangea for interest, maintenance is straight-forward. Deadhead the spent hosta blooms when they're no longer attractive and an annual pruning in spring to cut back the fern and hydrangea is about all this vignette will need in terms of ongoing maintenance. You'll want to water the ground-covering Selaginella regularly to keep it looking its best.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8
Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Open Shade
Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

Style: Naturalistic, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Harmonious Colors, Romantic Cool Colors, Low Maintenance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form
Focus: Mixed Border
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Prune annually, Deadheading

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