Vivid spires of red astilbe blooms add a summertime color boost, however this mixed border for shade relies almost exclusively on contrasting foliage color and texture and a variety of plant shapes to deliver an outstanding garden display that spans many months. A duo of plants with brightly variegated foliage in markedly different leaf sizes offer a visually energetic combination of light-reflecting leaves. The bold, blue foliage of the hosta adds a touch of drama and looks wonderful next the the light and bright foliage of the Spider's Web variegated fatsia.
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Shade
Water Needs: Average
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Fabulous Foliage, Winter Interest
Focus: Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Small Space
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest
Maintenance Level: low