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Rudbeckia  ’Little Goldstar’

Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar’

Rudbeckia, aka Black Eyed Susan, are an old time favorite perennial flower in gardens for centuries. The bright yellow flowers can be seen from afar and add an extra splash of sunshine to the garden. Planted in mass, Rudbeckia have a strong garden impact. Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar‘ introduced in 2012, sets itself apart from others in that it is a more compact plant, standing only 16 inches tall. This compact plant has a full bushy habit and is covered in layers of gold flowers. It has been noted that ‘Little Goldstar‘ has had over 80 blooms on one plant at a time. As the old blooms fade new ones cover the existing dead ones, just an exceptional plant to have in your landscape.  If you are short on space, no worries… ‘Little Goldstar‘ also makes for a great potted plant!

Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’

Echincea “Green Jewel”

When you think of colors to add to your garden, green probably is not the first color that comes to mind. Green is an obvious color, the leaves and  foliage, mostly taken for granted . Here we have a unique Echinacea, ‘Green Jewel’.  Each flower of  ’Green Jewel‘ is approximately 2 inches across packed with a double row of green petals. The fragrant green blooms make a great cut flower. Echinacea Coneflowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds. In the fall leave the spent blooms, the birds will enjoy the seeds. Enjoy a taste of going green, with Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’.

Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’

Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’

New Perennial Plants for 2013HeucherellaButtered Rum‘. This plant not only stood out with fabulous color during my summer trials but it also is amazing in my fall/winter garden. Heucherella give a great variation of color from spring through fall. They are a semi evergreen perennial which means they will give your garden in all season. Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’ is a heat and humidity tolerant variety that does well in not only northern climates but also in the south. This is a stunning Heucherella to add to your part shade garden.

Paeonia ‘Bartzella’

A Garden Crossings new introduction for 2012, Peony Bartzella is really showing its colors.  The butter yellow, 8″ double blooms load this beautiful plant full of color. Peony Bartzella has an extra long bloom time, the plants send out new growth from the side creating more blooms for later blooming.  Bartzella is a  new cross of the herbaceous garden peony with the woody tree peonies. Due to this excellent breeding, staking is NOT needed. ‘Bartzella‘ would be a great choice for landscape design because of its tidy habit.

Shade doesn’t have to be dark and drab, there are so many great colorful choices for your shade gardens. Color comes in a few different forms. For some, color means that the plant has to have a colorful flower. In that case my top two annual picks for shade are Impatiens and Begonias. Many shade gardeners will say ‘but I have used those plants every year’. Is that a bad thing? I would have to say ‘NO’!  My absolute favorite is Impatiens they give such a huge impact of color that lasts ALL SEASON. Why would that be a bad thing? Impatiens come in a wide range of colors from white, red, salmon, orange, and an array of pink colors.

Another option for color comes in the form of foliage. The top choice for shade gardens is the Hosta, but for many they feel that Hosta is just ‘to plain’. Hosta do come in a wide range of size, texture, and variations of blue, green, yellow and white but for many this is just not enough. So for those of you who want to take foliage color to the next step I recommend trying Heuchera.  Heuchera offer a rainbow of color in foliage with chartreuse, purple, orange, green, burgundy, and variations in between. Also many varieties of Coral Bells offer a unique bell shaped flower that stand tall above the foliage for an added splash of color.

Now if shrubs are more your style, I would recommend trying any of the Proven Winners Color Choice Euonymus. The variegated foliage comes in shades of white and green, yellow with green edging, and green with chartreuse edging. These shade loving shrubs stand about 2-3′ tall with an equal spread.

So don’t think that shade has to be boring take a look at all of the plants we recommend for your shade gardens.