I'd pick Hostas for shade areas. So many to chose from with different textures and colors and so many different blooms at different times. Submitted by LaWana
Hosta with all it's variety of colors and leaf shapes draws one close to the earth and increases wonder and appreciation for all of nature. From the unfolding apple greens that announce Spring to the glowing golden leaves of Autumn, Hosta are undemanding and beautiful. Submitted by Louise
I love Hosta as well. They are great here in Ohio. Second is the oriental lily. Submitted by Marchell
Hostas - so many different ones available, even from seeds for pleasant surprises. Just try for a little shade. Cornflowers next choice. Submitted by John K
I find Hostas and Dicentra bleeding heart and clematis(Jackmanii)are the best for my garden in northern Ontario Canada zone 4-5. Also love hollyhocks easy growing and beautiful to look at. Submitted by Diane
- Zones: 3 - 8
- Colors: Grown for their foliage, in greens, blues and yellows
- Height: 6" - 2' Width: 8" - 5'
- Bloom Period: Grown for their foliage. The flowers are usually removed.
- Exposure: Partial Shade (Some varieties can tolerate more sun.)
- Notes: One of the easiest plants to grow. Unfortunately they are also popular with all kinds of animal pests.