20 colorful plants for shade gardens

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

Dead Nettle (Lamium Maculatum)
Photo by Susan A. Roth

Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum)

There’s nothing “dead” about this beauty; the leaves of its many varieties have a silvery sheen that nearly glows in shade.

‘Ann Greenaway’ has green leaves edged in yellow, with a silver stripe down the center, and pink flowers. ‘Beacon Silver’ has silvery gray leaves with green edges, and pink flowers. ‘White Nancy’ has silvery gray-green leaves with green edges, and white flowers.

Spreading to 3 feet wide, this perennial is great in hanging baskets and as pot edging.

Overwinters in zones A2, A3; 1–11, 14–24, but is grown as a winter annual in zones 12, 13.

More: Dead nettle in the Sunset Plant Finder

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