Three ground­cov­ers FOR SHADY SPOTS

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1 Hy­poestes forskaolii

pro­duces dainty flow­ers from au­tumn into win­ter. In­dige­nous, it at­tracts bees and but­ter­flies and can reach knee height.

The low­down: It can take some sun, but will grow in dry shady ar­eas. Feed and wa­ter it reg­u­larly to keep it thriv­ing.

2 Vi­ola hed­er­acea

from Aus­tralia has pretty blue and pur­ple vi­o­let-like flow­ers held well above a thick car­pet of green leaves for much of the year.

The low­down: Plant it in mois­ture-re­tain­ing soil in shade/sem­ishade un­der trees; it grows eas­ily from rooted sec­tions.

3 Lamium mac­u­la­tum

has var­ie­gated green and sil­ver leaves that brighten up shady ar­eas.

The pretty pink flow­ers are a bonus. Other hy­brids with dif­fer­ent leaf pat­terns and flow­ers are avail­able.

The low­down: Shade lov­ing, it likes moist, well-drained soil and tol­er­ates mild frost.

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