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Ferns & Astilbe are a perfect mix for the shade garden, creating a soft and colorful display. While ferns are initially expensive, they are a hardy perennial and multiply rapidly. They are easily separated to be transplanted in new beds or given to friends. They stay green all summer and die back to a stub in winter for easy fall or spring cleanup.

I don't usually like astilbe but this is pretty. Purple astilbe shade perennial flowers Combination of fern and Astilbe leaf textures, with the soft purple flowers for contrast.

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Outdoor Rooms with a View in Cape Porpoise, Maine

Shade garden by christie

(burgandy spears) Dactylorhiza elata, (yel stock) Rogdersia , (Ostrich Fern) Matteuccia struthiopteris and (purple) Iris siberica SHADE garden.