Carns Garden. Shaded Arbor and Sitting Area An arbor offers a shady spot along the back wall of the back courtyard. “My garden is a mix of formal and casual,” explains Judy. “I love the casualness of black-eyed Susans and sunflowers combined with elegant and dazzling tropicals like orchids and mandevillas.” Picturesque Courtyard Garden | Traditional Home

Bigroot Geranium One of the toughest plants that grow in the shade garden, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) doesnt mind heat or drought. And, deer and rabbits typically pass it by in search of tastier morsels. This shade plant puts on a spring show with pink or white flowers; some varieties also offer outstanding fall coloration in their woodsy-scented foliage. Bigroot geranium is hardy in Zones 4-8 and grows 2 feet tall.