My plant recommendation for the shade garden is Heuchera Circus- a perennial for zones 4-9 in part shade to full shade gardens. This plant, also known as a Coral Bell, has pretty light green leaves with red veins that are a great contrast and eye catcher in the garden. I have 3 of them clumped in a large galvanized tub. They do well in morning sun and afternoon shade here in zone 7 where heat and humidity can take a toll on many shade plants. The Heuchera Circus bloomed from spring through early summer for me with the light pink blooms dancing in the breeze.
This is a semi-evergreen plant that retains most of its leaves here in zone 7 where January and February temperatures dip into teens and sometimes down to 0 for a couple weeks in late winter. Even though Heuchera Circus is evergreen in my zone it most likely will be semi evergreen in zones 4 & 5 where the plant will lose most or all of its leaves. Semi-evergreen means that the leaves stay on in milder conditions but may lose its leaves in harsh winter conditions.
I really love Heuchera in the shade garden because they are so carefree. If you see Heuchera Circus at your local garden center, you really need to add it to your garden to brighten it up. In shade gardening the varying height, color, and texture of leaves can really add beauty even without flowers. Many perennials can be placed in pots for impact under a tree or in an area where the soil may be too hard to plant.
You can also check out another post on Heuchera Circus I wrote last year. Mixing up a garden bed with many different plants can make an impact as I show below. I love flowers but I love my shade garden too.
Thank you for stopping by and happy gardening! And do not forget to let me know if you add this beauty to your garden.
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