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Three lovely additions to your shade garden

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All gardeners have a few spots around their home or garden that simply don't get enough sun to support the daylilies and black-eyed susans many are so fond of. However, it's possible to have a wonderfully colorful shade garden with the following brilliantly hued stunners that don't require much, if any, sun.

Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) - The leaves of this gorgeous perennial come in a vast variety of shades ranging from lime green to yellow to pink and orange. They look especially lovely when potted close together, and they are vigorous growers if you remember to pinch the tips.

Flowering maple (Abutilon hybrids) - Available in white, red, pink, orange or yellow, these large bell-shaped blooms look like fluffy cotton candy in your garden. This evergreen shrub will grow up to eight feet tall to fill a larger shady area for you, or check out one of several dwarf versions for a lovely addition to your shady container garden.

Fancy-leafed caladium (Caladium bicolor) - With leaves reminiscent of stained glass and delicate flowers in soft pastels, this shade-loving perennial lives up to its name. Add it to a large pot of well-drained soil to add pizazz to any shady garden paradise.