The shady parts of your yard don't need to be boring. Use these hardy perennials to add color to shady spots in your landscape.

By Jenny Krane
Updated May 24, 2019

Red and pink blooms pop against a green background of foliage in this shade garden design. Lady's mantel provides chartreuse hues, while the large leaves of hosta add blue tones to the backdrop. The red and pink blooms of columbine, bleeding heart and astilbe add warm color to the mix. The layers of this garden design taper from back to front, making each plant visible. Apply mulch around these perennials to keep roots protected and to prevent weeds from growing.

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A complementary color scheme makes this shady garden design pop.

Garden size: 6 x 6

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Left: Denny Schrock
Center: Bob Stefko
Right: Janet Mesic-Mackie

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