When considering new ways to plant shady beds, gardeners must determine whether the garden gets full shade or partial shade and whether the shade is dry or consistently moist, writes Curtis Ippolito. Annuals are often used in full shade, but there are several underused perennials, such as the Japanese aralia, that can also thrive. Others, such as the Grecian pattern plant, need only partial shade. Oregon grape holly grows in full to partial dry shade.
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