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January 11, 2011
Check Out These Top Picks for Shade
We all have problem areas in our gardens. For many of us, the issue is shade, so you'll be happy to know that there are solutions for this common problem.

Understanding shade is the first angle of attack, because not all shade is created equal. Once you've determined what type of shade you have, you can turn that problem spot into a beautiful focal point with these shade-loving beauties:
 
Monkshood or wolfsbane

Monkshood or wolfsbane

Aconitum carmichaelii (Zones 3 to 7) does best in light shade, and has beautiful blue flowers and dark green divided foliage.
 
Chocolate vine
Chocolate vine

Akebia quinata (Zones 5 to 9) gets its common name from its fragrant flowers. It thrives in light shade and blooms in early spring. The purplish flower clusters give way to edible fruits.
 
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