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.
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Let's start our tour at the front of the house.
Right about where I was standing when I took this picture, there was a mature tree which casts most of the front yard into shade and half-shade.
This homeowner has mixed different colored heuchera and hostas in a way that I haven't quite seen before. Though there isn't that much in flower, it is still colorful.
Along the driveway, there is a bit more sunlight and she has added Japanese Blood Grass into the mix. (Warning: Before you add Japanese Blood Grass to your wish list for spring, be aware that it can be a bit invasive.)
Pretty Japanese birdbath
This is an arbor that leads into a small corner nook that is both half-shade (to the left) and full sun (on the right).
Colorful annuals in the sunny part of the garden.
A small container planting of succulents.
Three Dogs in a Garden
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  • Agn3447313 Agn3447313 on May 31, 2016
    can the Hosta survive in an area that has no sun such as under a big shade tree?
  • Mary Harwell Mary Harwell on Feb 20, 2017
    I see a lot of plants being grown in bird baths. How do you do drainage is a container that is supposed to retain water? I have a concrete bird bath that I would really like to try, but its shallow and if I put pebbles to help with drainage there won't be room for soil. Thanks for your help.
  • Jane Hutchinson Jane Hutchinson on Mar 20, 2017

    What vines grow and flower in shade?

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  • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jun 11, 2016
    Wow, perfect! You have an awesome garden!!
  • Karen Mitchell Karen Mitchell on Jun 08, 2017

    You obviously don;t have any pets. Thats a good thing with this garden. Very nice, I used to have one just as lovely. Well done!

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    • Karen Mitchell Karen Mitchell on Jun 09, 2017
      Not at all, just that there are quite a few plants that are toxic for them. I see a few there, THAT is all. Good on you for planting safely Three Dogs In A Garden