Add Color to Your Shade Garden with 15 of the Best Astilbe Varieties

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Astilbes provide a range of color options for the shade garden, and they look lovely when planted in tight groups. They offer a range of sizes and bloom times, appearing any time from late spring to late summer and provide reliable interest and appeal to your landscape. Discover 15 favorite astilbe varieties in our guide.

How to Plant and Grow Anemone Flowers

Anemone is a genus of flowering perennials that lend reliable color and allure to gardens from spring to fall. Easy and versatile, they suit a wide range of locations and thrive in full or part sun, a valuable addition to shade and sun gardens alike. Learn all about how to plant and grow anemone flowers right here.

15 of the Best Anemone Varieties for Spring, Summer, and Fall

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Anemones are easy to care for and produce long-lasting, bright flowers, some are daisy-like while others resemble poppies. Depending on the variety, they flower in spring, summer, and fall, can be planted in sun or light shade, and make wonderful cut flowers. Learn about 15 of the best anemone varieties now.

How to Grow Fall-Blooming Japanese Anemone Flowers

Tall and elegant, Japanese anemones add enchanting, saucer-shaped flowers in shades of pink and white to the fall garden. Reliable and low maintenance, they’re terrific when mass-planted and add charm to cottage, cutting, and shade gardens. Learn how to grow and care for Japanese anemone flowers in this guide.

How to Prepare Your Fuchsia Plants for Winter

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Do you love the long-lasting vibrancy of fuchsia flowers but hate to see them go when Old Man Winter ambles into town? There’s no reason to give up on your plants just because it’s cold. Learn how to protect your plant, whether it’s in the ground or in a container, so you can enjoy it year after year. Read more now.

How to Winterize Astilbe Plants: 5 Easy Steps

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If the feathery, spiked blossoms of astilbe plants adorn your gardens in late summer, you need to know how to prepare them for a good winter’s sleep. While they are cold-hardy, they benefit from a little TLC to ensure that they return each spring with vigor. Learn how to winterize your astilbe plants in this guide.

How to Grow Fabulous Fuchsia

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Fuchsia flowers bloom in a variety of vivid colors and shapes and are ideal for growing in a hanging planter in the shade, but they can thrive in other locations too. Species with upright, creeping, or trailing habits are available that may be grown as trees, shrubs, or ground covers. Learn how to grow fabulous fuchsia now.

How to Grow Lily of the Valley, a Fragrant Shade-Lover

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Finding the right flowering plants for your shade garden can be problematic, and early blooming and fragrant varieties can be few and far between. Luckily, there’s lily of the valley, a happy-to-spread and pleasantly scented addition that fits in those neglected corners of your flowerbeds. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

Grow Mexican Petunias (Ruellia Simplex) for a Heat and Shade Tolerant Perennial

If you’re looking for a versatile, low-maintenance shade plant that does well in the sun, too, consider Mexican petunia, aka Ruellia simplex. Sporting purple, pink, or white blooms, this easy-care hardy perennial comes in varieties short and tall, and you’ll love its slender, droopy leaves and sometimes-purple stems.

How to Plant and Grow Ginger in Your Home Garden

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Ginger is a wonderful herb, but those who want to grow it run into a dilemma: it’s a tropical plant! Can you grow it in colder climates, even throughout winter, for culinary use? Read on, and you’ll find that it’s not so hard – with the right techniques, this can be a tasty and rewarding pastime.

Persian Shield: An Exotic Specimen Plant

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Are you looking for an exotic new plant for the house or garden that’s a cut above the rest? Consider Persian shield, a unique tropical variety with amazing, iridescent purple leaves. Learn all about this exceptional indoor/outdoor tropical plant, right here on Gardener’s Path.

Add a Touch of “Jurassic Park” to Your Garden: How to Grow Ferns

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If you want to add a touch of “Jurassic Park” to your garden, why not try planting ferns? While these plants are relatively easy to grow, you’ll want to understand some of their peculiarities before diving straight in. Learn all about how to grow and care for ferns indoors and outdoors in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Astilbe Flowers: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend

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Looking for a nice accompaniment to hosta, fern, and heuchera? The shade garden has become my favorite corner of the yard, thanks to the patch of astilbe I’ve started. With bronze-green foliage, the real show comes when it blooms, with large plumes of creamy whites and pinks. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Grow Torenia for a Bright Spot in the Shade Garden

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Add torenia’s clown-faced flowers to a shady spot in your garden and you’ll banish the blues with the bright hues shown by this annual’s colorful blooms. Learn more about the wishbone flower now at Gardener’s Path.

12 Fast-Growing Shade Trees for Your Yard

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Shade trees are natural climate control for your home and yard. They offer protection from the light and heat of the sun and can serve as a buffer against strong, cold winds that whip heat away from the house. Gardener’s Path has compiled a selection of fast-growing shade trees, excellent selections for your home in every US Hardiness Zone. Read more.

Jacob’s Ladder: Regal Shade-Blooming Perennial

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Are you looking for a flower that thrives in cool, moist shade? We have the perfect plant for you: Jacob’s ladder. With its beautiful blue petals and yellow stamens, this European species readily naturalizes in the US. Learn all about this hardy perennial now from your friends at Gardener’s Path.

7 Outstanding Salt Tolerant Shade Perennials

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Shady patches of the garden by the roadside can be problem areas, where little will grow due to runoff with a high salt content. We’ve compiled a list of the best salt-tolerant perennials for shade, and we’re eager to share it with you. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Growing Hostas: A Favorite Shade Loving Perennial

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Is your lawn or flower garden drenched in shade? Do you need some low height greenery to cover that bald patch created by shade trees? There’s one type of plant that is exceptional for this job. Think hosta. And no, they are not as common as you may believe. With hundreds of cultivars, they come in all sorts of colors, leaf arrangements, and colors. Research all of this and more on Gardener’s Path now.