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Where there's shade, pachysandra is a no-fail choice for an attractive, durable groundcover. It's easy on the eye and does not need mowing. Its evergreen or semievergreen foliage is arranged in whorls topped in spring by short spikes of fragrant white or pinkish flowers. Pachysandra thrives in most locations except where soil is dry. One note: Japanese spurge may become invasive and is a greedy neighbor.
With colorful flowers and often-textured leaves, primroses make fine companions for clumping Allegheny spurge in light shade where soil is moist.Cinnamon fern
For height and striking contrast in foliage texture, plant cinnamon fern as an accent plant with spurge in shaded places.Japanese forestgrass
The golden blades of 'Aureola' Japanese forestgrass are striped with green in perfect contrast to the whorls of glossy evergreen spurge foliage.