Perfect Perennial Shade Garden

A most perfect understanding of shade, color and height.
I was a little surprised to have been invited to the party.  It had been a long day, and I was tired.
“Go, you’ll have a good time,” my mother’s words echoed from decades ago.
As I left the party, camera in hand (my party defense mechanism – no pesky questions when you have your camera) I walked before this home.
I had not noticed it on the way to the party — in a hurry and already late.
Perennial Shade Garden Texas
Limelight hydrangea appears on the left.  Persian shield is the purple plant in the foreground. Hostas are dotted about.  I believe that’s a virburnum shrub behind the bench in the right of the image.  Virbunums are often allowed to mature into trees and I have seen them in the woods over 30 feet high.

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Limelight Hydrangea also comes in a miniature variety.  So many people do not care for the pink and vivid blue hydrangeas.  These cream colored hydrangeas create a calming environment reflected in the variegated Iris in the foreground.  Generally Iris do best in sun, but you may get a few blooms out of them in the shade.  Here the important contribution seems to be the variegated leaves rather than the blooms of the Iris.

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White Althea tree in the foreground.  Altheas are shrubs with many trunks typically.  You can take one trunk and shape the althea into a rree or just prune back several trunks for a tree shape.  I find no real difference in the appeal of an althea with one trunk or several.  Altheas come in multiple colors including white, cream, pink, rose, magenta, purple and deep purple with an almost blue tint.
The gravel walk with concrete pavers reflect the neutral tones of this perennial shade garden.
Read more on althea trees and shrubs here …
Perennial Shade Garden Texas
Perennial Shade Garden Texas
The variegated leaves of the Iris are the main attraction here.
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Weeping Cedar:  Read more on cedars in Dallas landscaping here …  The gray tones of the ceder work well in this garden though this homeowner may ultimately wish that cedar were not so close to the home.

Hostas the best friend of a shade garden.

Hostas the best friend of a shade garden.

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Purple Persian Shield, read more here

Shade Perennial Garden

Agapanthus with a very popular border plant in Dallas the dwarf Box Wood.

Perennial Shade Garden with Holly Fern and Japanese Maple.
 Holy fern contribute an indisputable and distinctive shade of green to a shade garden.

Spreading Yew with Purple Shamrock shaded by a young Japanese Maple.

Spreading Yew with Purple Shamrock shaded by a young Japanese Maple.

  Purple Shamrock April Bloomer
Purple shamrock are incredibly popular in all gardens.  These are members of the Oxalis family.

Big Leaf Lambs Ear

Big Lambs Ear, a non blooming Lambs ear noted for its large pliable leaves.

Big Lambs Ear, a non blooming Lambs ear noted for its large pliable leaves.

Tansy and Lambs Ear Match Made in Heaven

 No shade garden with a grey focus should be without Big Leaf Lambs ear.  A favorite everywhere!  Even Texas.
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