Variegated False Holly Variegated false holly is an evergreen shrub that offers rich green, holly-shaped leaves. They emerge reddish-pink and then fade to show cream, white, gray, and yellow spotting. It's a slow grower for sunny spots. Name: Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' Size: To 4 feet tall, 5 feet wide Zones: 7-9 Bonus: Variegated false holly also bears fragrant white flowers, but with such spectacular leaves you may never notice them
Bishop's Weed Fast spreading bishop's weed will thrive where most other shade plants fail. Because it is so vigorous, it's best suited for shaded slopes or other areas where it has plenty of room to roam. For extra interest, look for 'Variegata', which sports cream and white splashes on green foliage. Name: Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum' . Part to full shade and well-drained soil. Zones 4-9
Osmanthus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees with leathery, opposite leaves and small, usually fragrant, tubular white, yellow or orange flowers with 4 lobes, followed by ovoid blue-black fruits. 'Gulftide' is a dense medium-sized evergreen shrub with ovate, strongly spiny, dark green leaves up to 5cm in length. Small, fragrant white flowers in clusters from late summer, occasionally followed by blue-black berries. Aspect - Any Exposure - Sheltered or Exposed
Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) has lovely upturned blue flowers with an ethereal white center. Here it peeks through the winter leaves of native ‘Caramel’ heuchera. Carolyn's Shade Gardens in Bryn Mawr, PA.