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Don't be afraid of the shade. Shade gardens have their own special appeal. Shade gardens with their predominance of lush and lazy greens have a natural physical and ethereal attractiveness.
On even the hottest and most humid of days, the soft yellows and quiet turquoises of the shade garden linger patiently under cool, wide leaves. After a busy day a stroll through a shade garden can relieve stress. Shade gardens can also be places of calm meditation.
Look for shade plants that have colored foliage or interesting textures or leaf shapes. Contrast the elliptical long leaf of a Hosta with the feathery leaf of a fern. Angular Bleeding Heart or Astilbe leaves dance nicely above the rounded, larger and darker leaves of Ladyís Mantle.
Another shade favorite is Hellebore "Ivory Prince" for its light attracting ivory pink color. Helleboreís palm-like dark green leaves attractively anchor the front of a shade garden well after the stunning blooms have past. Brister says her favorite is Bear's Foot Hellebore, or Helleborus foetidus, because the interesting green flowers open as early as January.  Your shade garden can be dazzling with color too, visit our Shade Plants page! 

Gardening in the shade under a canopy of leaves, behind a wall of sturdy trunks on a floor decorated with the texture and form of plants can lend the gardener a sheltered, protected feeling. Itís cozy while vast. That feeling of being protected by nature must be what transports shade garden visitors to that extra-good space.


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