Shade gardens | Astilbe hybrids Feathery, plumelike flowers have an airy quality; they come in shades of pink, salmon, lavender, red, and white above fernlike foliage. A mainstay of shaded perennial borders, they’re also great beside garden pools, along shaded paths, and in pots. Give them moist, rich soil.
Bearded Iris Bearded iris (also called German iris) provides a striking vertical accent with its stiff sword-shaped leaves. Flower colors run the rainbow from deep burgundy red to pastel pinks and yellows, to every shade of blue and violet and appear in late spring. Zones 3-9
SARCOCOCCA ruscifolia. Very fragrant white flowers, nice planted near doors, windows, patios. Evergreen foliage is deep green and shiny. Good companions: hydrangeas, camellias, azaleas, and astilbe. Tolerates full shade and dry shade. Once established, needs only occasional supplemental watering.