Back Yard Hostas
Native to eastern Asia, hosta came to the United States in the 1800s. Hostas are prized in the shade garden for their large leaves in different shapes and colors of green, deep blue or creamy variegated. Plants are categorized by common characteristics (species) and cultivated varieties (cultivars). According to the American Hosta Society, there are hundreds of hosta species and thousands of cultivars. www.ehow.com/about_5391375_types-hostas.html#ixzz0qVivJKds In my own backyard Ohio
Euphorbia polychroma: An undemanding perennial, Euphorbia polychroma offers a pleasing contrast of colors on a neat, almost architectural form. It grows to about 15in and produces a splendid show in May from bright yellow bracts. Their color is long lasting, but changes to rose-bronze as they age above the green foliage. A sensational ground cover plant or accent in a sunny garden. Quite tolerant of hot, dry conditions (but not the heat and humidity of the South).
A Garden in the Shade
Colorful and shade are not to adjectives many people would think belong in the same sentence, but today I want to show you a front and back garden where the homeowner has managed to combine these two very words. To read more and see additional images: Part 1: http://threedogsinagarden.blogspot.ca/2013/03/a-garden-in-shade-part-1.html Part 2: http://threedogsinagarden.blogspot.ca/2013/03/a-garden-in-shade-part-2.html