Plant Combination for Shade

The snowy-white foliage of the floating cloud maple is perfect for illuminating a shady spot.

Hardy fuchsias are wonderful, easy-care perennials that flower over an incredibly long season. The color interplay between the hardy fuchsia and Heuchera ‘Amethyst Myst’ is zippy and fun. Evergreen clumps of strappy foliage on the Astelia 'Red Gem', feathery fern fronds, and the uncommonly large leaves of Bergenia ciliata ‘Dumbo’ provide nice variety of plant forms and foliage shapes in shades of green.

Astelia aren’t as widely available as I’d like, so you might run into trouble finding it available for purchase. This plant combination continues to work very well without it, as you can see here.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8
Exposure: Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade
Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

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

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo