Leatherleaf fern (Rumohra adiantiformis) and mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) frame this woodland path in Palo Alto, California. Moderate to Mild-Winter RegionsAspidistra (Aspidistra spp.)Aspagagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus, zones 9 to 11)Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)Bergenia (Bergenia spp.)Carex (Carex spp.)Clivia (Clivia spp.)Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides, Zone 8)Coral bells (Heuchera spp.)Fatshedera ??????Leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum, zones 7 to 10)Golden sweet flag (Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’, zones 5 to 10)
Pachysandra, hosta and hydrangea grow in this Chicago yard. Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, zones 5 to 9)Loropetalum (Loropetalum spp.)‘Soft Caress’ mahonia (Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, zones 7 to 10)Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus, zones 6 to 11)Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, zones 5 to 9)Osmanthus (Osmanthus spp.)Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.)
1. Japanese Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis, USDA zones 5 to 9; find your zone) Lush, evergreen carpet. This peaceful, sun-dappled forest walk in a garden in Davidson, North Carolina, relies on a low-growing carpet of Japanese pachysandra punctuated with Japanese Holly Ferns, Hosta and Osmanthus ‘Fortune’ to provide year-round interest. “Most of the plants, with the exception of the hosta, are evergreen, so the planting stays very much the same in the winter,” says landscape architect J’Nell Bryson. Evergreen down to zone 5, Japanese pachysandra makes an excellent ground cover in challenging shady areas including deep shade, dry shade, and shaded beds with clay soil. It is also deer and rabbit resistant.Combination: Pachysandra – evergreenJapanese Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) – semi-evergreenOsmanthus ‘Fortune’ – evergreenHosta ‘Sum n Substance’Light requirement: Part shade to full shadeWater requirement: Regular water[Wondering about this, as it is considered invasive. maybe leave a note or cut it]...