For color and texture in the shade you cant beat a combination in Jim Gersbachs Northeast Portland garden of Astilbe chinensis Pumila, hardy Fuchsia magellanica gracilis Variegata and Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum Pictum).

Astilbe lend a refined grace to perennial borders. Perfect for the shade garden along with Hostas and Ferns. Lush deeply cut foliage is attractive for the entire season and is colored from green to bronze. Effective anywhere with rich moist soil and partial shade. blooms early summer