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Some plants may look like houseplants, but you can put them in your garden too. Some are great examples of plants you can use in your garden in a shady location. That's handy, because sometimes when you have shade, you think there's no way to get color in there. Try plants like the "Charmed Wine" oxalis. It has beautiful red-colored leaves and white little flowers. It is a great little example of a plant that will add color into the landscape. Another oxalis is called "Cottage Pink." It has beautiful pink-colored flowers, adds a nice pink ground cover appearance, and will bloom all summer long.  

Another plant with beautiful and different leaf colors and shapes are the coleus plants. The sweet potato vine, especially the ones that are lime green color, are really nice for that reason, too. And then there are Heucheras (coral bells), which are perennials with varieties that come in all different leaf colors and plant shapes.

And, of course, if you want some shade-loving flowers, there are more plants for the shade than you would think. The begonias are a traditional one, but torenia or clown flower, is one that people don't normally think of as a shade flower. It comes in all different shades and colors. There are some nice blue ones. And certainly the impatiens are nice in the shade, too. There are a lot of different colored impatiens too.

So if you are looking for some color in the shade, try some foliage and some nice flowering plants.

By Charlie Nardozzi

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