Most of my yard is shady, so I have lots of shade plants.
I have probably posted these on other threads before, so excuse the repetition.
But here are a few of my favorite shade foliage plants.
This is syneilesis (shredded umbrella plants).
This one has an awkward name - Peltoboykinia watanabei.
It has big, nicely textured leaves.
My plant is just a few years old and unfortunately,
the deer nibbled it completely to the ground this year.
This picture is from last year - I hope it comes back next year.
Doug, I have found the All Gold cultivar to show much faster growth than the more famous Aureola.
I think it does best with at least 1/2 day sun. Needs adequate moisture too.
I have many clumps in a little more shade which languish.
When I went to Google to try and verify either Aurea or Aureola I found both shown numerous times. Smithsonian and Fine Gardening say 'Aurea' but maybe 'Aureola' is a different Hakonechloa or maybe it's the same one for all I know.
I also like the 'All Gold' here but I have only one plant that does get some dappled sun. It doesn't grow as quickly as 'Aureola' for me. Might be the soil conditions though. My 'Aureola' gets more shade.
My "Aurea/Aureola" seems to be growing pretty well...I'll have to find pics from last year to compare. And I would rate it as one of my favorite shade foliage plants, for sure. It's virtually the only thing that came thru the hailstorm unscathed. (Astilbe foliage did ok too, but not the scapes). I planted some nice size "All gold" ones this summer that don't seem to be growing much this season...I hope they take off next year, but I may have them in too much shade.
Rodgersia is another shade-tolerant perennial with impressive foliage.
I don't have a shot of it in bloom, but here's the foliage last weekend.
Big astilbe-like creamy white blooms which age pinkish.
I love dramatic foliage for shade.
Compensates at least somewhat for less showy flowers found in the shade.
Hardly an arboretum, Doug. But I certainly enjoy trying less common plants.
My wife laments that despite all the time I spend in the yard, there aren't many flowers to show for it...
Certainly not a typical flower garden. Always a work in progress.
But the satisfaction of gardening doesn't always require a perfectly manicured flower bed.
I know you appreciate that, as I've enjoyed the posts of your woodland.
Rodgersia blooms early. Mine didn't bloom last year, then was all set to bloom this year when I went over to look at it and saw that every stem carrying the buds had been snapped off by some unknown critter. I was so mad! I've only seen mine bloom once, and it was lovely. I like Rodgersia but so do the bugs (and evidently little furry creatures), so it never looks as pretty as I would like it to.
Well I guess moving my Rodgersia last year set it back this year. It had been in the same spot since '94 so it must still be settling into it's new home. It did seem to take a couple of years to bloom when I first planted it.
There are a bunch of new Rodgersia varieties I've read about with pink flowers. There has been a 'pink' cultivar in the past, but it was a pretty sorry approximation of pink. The new ones are touted to be closer to real pink. Does anyone have experience with them to know if they're really as nice as the promotion sounds? I can't remember where I read about them; I presume one of the hundreds of nursery catalogs I peruse..