A robust staple of shade gardening, hostas come in a wide range of green and chartreuse hues. They thrive in full to part shade and with evenly moist good garden soil. In addition to mounds of fabulous foliage that range in scale from dramatic to demure; you can expect attractive flower spikes of purple, lavender or white flowers. Added bonus: Hummingbirds and pollinators love these late to mid- summer blooms.
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa)
Japanese forest grass provides graceful groundcover with narrow leaves reminiscent of a tiny, slender bamboo. It emerges in the spring and will spread politely as it grows. It does best in partly shady spots
“Plum Pudding” Coral Bells (Heuchera)
The plum pudding cultivar of Heuchera sports dramatic purple leaves with silver highlights. It is perfect for a dappled shade border, in a shady rock garden, or in a woodland garden. Try pairing it with Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ for a spectacular three season display.
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Black-eyed Susan features a wonderful, daisy-like yellow flower. It is very heat tolerant and does well as a full-sun border or mass planting. Leave the flower stalks standing in the fall – the birds love the seeds.
Stalks of purple blue flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and the foliage is aromatic. This will do well in a sunny mixed border.
These fall blooming beauties may take a few seasons to become well established, but they’re worth the wait. They flourish in light to medium shade and in moist, but not waterlogged, soil. They will tolerate a sunny site as long as they get sufficient moisture. Fertilize them in the spring to give them a kick-start for the coming season. They can tend to colonize where they are happy with their culture.