||Variegated, green and white
foliage. Very invasive. Contain between cemented areas
and deadhead flowers before they go to seed.
||Evergreen. Red, edible
berries. Use beneath established evergreens or broadleaf
evergreens in acid soils.
||Evergreen. Large, rounded,
leathery leaves form dense clumps. From late winter, pink to white
flowers emerge on compacted spikes that gradually lengthen to
||Can be invasive, but tends to
spread slowly. Blue or white flowers.
||Fragrant, white flowers in
May-June. Inedible, red berries. Can be invasive.
Superb dry shade epimedium. Pink and yellow flowers on short stems
in early spring. Young leaves are marbled bronze and coppery red -
turning green in summer, but colors up again in autumn.
||Very invasive. One of the
best covers under shrubs. White, fragrant flowers in
rounded leaves. Pink flowers in spring. Red foliage in fall.
|Lamium maculatum Beaconsilver
Spotted dead nettle
||Heart shaped leaves-silver
mottling, white, pink or purple flowers - long bloomer. For
poorish soils and partial shade. Can be invasive - shallow
rooted plants are easy to move.
Hall's Japanese honeysuckle
||Will also grow in full sun, but
forms denser mats in shade. This favorite vine is also great
as a groundcover. Fragrant white flowers turn buttery yellow
as they age. Semi-evergreen.
Creeping Oregon grape
||Evergreen. Yellow flowers in
spring. Holly-like foliage. Inedible purplish
berries. Spreads by underground stems.
Creeping or mat penstemon
||Very prostrate mat of tiny narrow
leaves. Purplish flowers in May-June.
Rocky Mountain penstemon
||Blue flowers in June-July.
Good cut flower too. Can be used for erosion control.
||Light-spotted dark green leaves
attractive all season. White, pink or blue flowers in
spring-some open pink and turn blue.
Stems emerge above a dense root system, reaching 1.5ft before
bending to form loose arches. Waxy white, green-tipped
||Woodland flower. Toothy
crinkly leaves form dense mats. Foamy white flowers in
spring. Stick to this unimproved version of tiarella.
The others won't work in shade.
||Semi-evergreen. White or
purple flowers in spring.