Fill an area beneath a shade tree with this charming garden. Reliable shade plants like astilbe, hostas, and crocus fill this gorgeous garden bed.

By Jenny Krane
Updated May 24, 2019
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Balance the tall, lush branches of your favorite shade tree with a full garden under the canopy. Hostas and foamflower plants give the garden color through foliage, while shade perennials like astilbe, myrtle and crocus have bright, beautiful blooms. Fill in the gaps with low-growing wax begonias and landscaping stones.

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Brighten up a shady spot in the garden with this garden design.

Garden size: 7 x 10 feet

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Left: Denny Schrock
Center: Ian Adams
Right: André Baranowski

Plant List

  • Shade tree
  • 3 Astilbe ‘Red Sentinel’: Zones 4-8
  • 4 Hosta ‘Bressingham Blue’: Zones 3-10
  • 7 Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia): Zones 3-7
  • 7 Vinca minor: Zones 4-9
  • 5 Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale): Zones 4-9
  • 4 Wax begonia (Begonia semperflorens-cultorum): Annual
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