20 colorful plants for shade gardens

Plant some of these beauties for great garden color, even in shade

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Hosta perennial hybrids
Photo via Proven Winners

Hosta hybrids

Hostas come in a virtual wardrobe of shapes, textures, and colors. Depending on variety, their leaves may be heart-shaped, round, oval, or lance-shaped; glossy or dull; smooth or quilted; blue, green, or yellow.

We especially love the cool, bluish green ‘Sagae’ (pictured); it grows 2 feet tall, and makes a stunning accent in a blue-green glazed container. The perennial also sends up white flowers in late summer.

Zones 1–10, 14–21.

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