A quietly "colorful" shade garden... 1 The bright green in the top left corner is fresh growth on a Yew. 2 In the centre is a blue-green Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'. 3. In the lower right hand corner is the ferny foliage of an Astilbe. 4 Dogwood tree 5. Japanese Forrest Grass, Hakonechloa 6. Solomon Seal, Polygonatum
Plant Combination: Brunnera 'Jack Frost' (left) with Heuchera 'Silver Scroll' (in the foreground) andHosta 'Fire and Ice' (in the upper right). What's nice about this combination: Both the Brunnera and the Heuchera have silver foliage, but they couldn't be more different or more complimentary. The cream of the hosta's foliage adds that all important element of contrast.
Or use the incredibly beautiful ‘Ghost’ fern as a way to up-light these white allium flowers! This is a vastly under-utilized foliage color in the fern world, there are way too many great ways for this amazingly silver foliage to light up a dark corner or give just the right zing to a darker leaved companion.
Flowering fronds of Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) interwoven with wheellike lavender blossoms of Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata) rest easy on the eye. Pink blooms of Geranium maculatum add a little zing and warmth to this combination, in a wooded area of Chanticleer, a public garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Syneilesis aconitifolia (Shredded Umbrella Plant) In spring, white, wooly leaves (resembling mayapples) push through the ground and slowly unfold like an umbrella. By midspring these leaves take on a clean, medium green appearance color, with a strong texture and serrated margins, hence the common name. A non-aggressive, herbaceous perennial that spreads slowly via rhizomes; perfectly suited for the woodland garden.