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Ajuga is a shade-loving groundcover that not only adds color but also reduces maintenance in shaded areas. It features spikes of blue-purple flowers in spring and dense foliage throughout the gardening season.


Caladium brings a touch of the tropics to shaded areas with its big, beautiful leaves in shades of red, pink, and white. White varieties are particularly striking in shady spots, appearing to glow, especially at dusk.

Persian Shield

The Persian Shield is a versatile plant that thrives in both sun and shade, making it a failproof option for any garden. Its metallic-purple foliage makes a bold statement and pairs well with other plants.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf hydrangea is a shrub with bold, textural leaves and large cone-shaped flowers, making it a standout in shaded areas. It blooms from mid-June well into the summer, adding curb appeal to any garden.

First Frost Hosta

Hostas, particularly the "First Frost" variety, thrive in shady and dry conditions, making them perfect for low-light gardens. Their variegated leaves and pale lavender flowers add interest to shaded areas.

Carex Pensylvanica

Carex Pensylvanica is an alternative to grass for shady spots. This ground cover grows like a soft carpet and spreads out to fill open areas without choking out other plants. It adds a softer texture to the garden and can be paired with flowering


Agave is a low-water succulent that makes a statement in any garden. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, with variegated types adding an extra splash of color. Agave is a great choice for drought-prone areas

Desert Rose

Desert Rose is an interesting succulent that resembles a bonsai with a thick, squat trunk and flamboyant blooms. Its trunk stores water, so you don't need to water it even in times of drought. Desert Rose can be planted in the backyard


Sedum is a low-maintenance plant that rarely needs to be watered, even in the height of summer. There are many varieties of sedum available, ranging from low-growing groundcovers to upright bloomers.