Make a bold, dramatic statement in your shade garden without flowers by combining plants with different foliage textures and colors. Here, golden meadow rue creates a stunning contrast to anemone, purple-leaf coralbells, and big-leaf umbrella plant.
Shredded Umbrella Plant, Syneilesis aconitifolia. Hardy to zone 3. Leaves reach 10" diameter and a height of 18-24". Spreads to form a 2' colony in 5-7 years. Part sun to light shade. Plant emerges in the spring as wooly white leaves push through the soil like mayapples.
Darmera peltata - Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Noteworthy Characteristics - Umbrella plant is thick-rhizomed perennial which typically grows 3-5' tall and is native to mountain stream banks and woodlands from southwestern Oregon to northern California