Black Mondo Grass - Sun or deep shade - evergreen - water tolerant - slow growing! A wonderful accent plant, showing up well against pavers or stones or lighter plants. With time, and in rich, moisture-retentive soil, it forms a thick groundcover.
Golden Japanese Forest Grass - I really cannot get over Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', zones 5 to My favorite is the variegated variety. I planted mine under a Japanese maple, and the contrast was genius and it has so much movement.
Artemisia Plants with colorful foliage such as artemisia will keep the garden looking good while flowering plants go in and out of bloom. Artemisia has beautiful silver-gray foliage that fade in the hot sun. This hardy perennial is also drought a
Lilyturf (Liriope) is an easy-to-grow favorite shade plant. Resistance to deer and rabbits, lilyturf is practically a plant-it-and-forget garden resident. It grows best in Zones and grows a foot tall. Lilyturf can be a fast, almost aggressive spreader
SHADE Top Picks: 'Aureola' bears bright yellow leaves with dark green edges; 'All Gold' has even brighter golden foliage. Plant it with: Add zing to a shady corner by planting Japanese forestgrass with a bold, golden hosta.
Geranium - One of the toughest plants in the shade garden, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) doesn't mind heat or drought. Plant it with: Add height and interest to your shade garden by planting bigroot geranium in front of toad lilies.