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This tree’s stunning bark is shown to perfection when it’s planted with a backdrop of evergreens.
This little charmer has three palmate, dark green leaflets that are topped in spring with short spikes of small white cupped flowers.
This shrub is one of the best for fall color, even in partially shaded conditions.
The tree is well known for its fruit, which bear some resemblance to the strawberry — hence the common name.
Though it’s an understated green, this tree has one of the most brilliant reds of all Japanese maples come fall.
This tree features brilliant fall color and scalloped leaves similar to those of maidenhair ferns.
This clinging vine with silver-veined leaves provides its best foliage color in light to dappled shade.
The tree’s dark green leaves become a riot of saturated oranges and flaming reds in the fall.
Plant “Mount Vernon” as a low informal bed border or small hedge, or as a groundcover under trees and large shrubs.
This long-blooming aster is loaded with lavender-blue flowers from midsummer to autumn.
This evergreen sports year-round nubbly succulent leaves with yellow flowers in the summertime.
This dwarf shrub sports year-round colorful foliage. The more sun it receives, the more golden the colors.
This perennial fern has dainty green leaflets borne on black stems, giving it a delicate appearance.
This groundcover has glossy dark green, kidney-shaped leaves that adds distinction to the shade garden.
This shrub looks great in rockeries and tolerates our drought-prone summers. It also needs little to no pruning.
This shrub is adorned with tubular, half-inch-long, soft pink flowers that provide beauty and pollinator sustenance.
The highlight of this clumping perennial are the flower spikes of dark red-purple peppered with tiny mauve blooms.
This clematis’ lavender-blue petals dangle from long flower stems, which look like ballerina skirts floating in the air.
This perennial has small, scalloped bronze-red leaves that form a durable, evergreen, succulent, weed-smothering groundcover.
Frame this shrub with other shade-loving plants like hosta, epimedium and ferns. (Richie Steffen)