Many of us have yards with shaded areas, but I get a lot of questions asking what the plant options are beyond hostas. Don't get me wrong, I love hostas - there are so many unique varieties, and bees and hummingbirds can't get enough of the flowers. But they are prone to slug and deer damage, and it's not crazy to want a little bit of something different. Below I've come up with 40 different plants for shade - some prefer dappled sunlight, and others can take pretty dense shade.
While we've prepared properties for weddings and other major celebrations a few times before, this week was the first time we created container designs to match a wedding's color scheme. The bride and groom picked pink and blue, and even though blue is one of the trickiest colors in the landscape, our staff came up with just the right plants for the occasion for both shade and sun containers.
As we move further into summer, you may discover that some of your annuals and perennials that were blooming so heavily a week or two ago have begun to slow down. While some plants have a limited bloom period that really can't be stretched (especially trees, shrubs, and perennials), most annuals and many perennials will continue to bloom, though maybe less profusely, with the help of deadheading.