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Green and yellow border in railway sleeper raised beds - Dicksonia antartica, Euphorbia mellifera, Hosta 'Sum and Substance', Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Carex comans, Rodgersia, Geranium maderense. | GAP Gardens

Green and yellow border in railway sleeper raised beds - Dicksonia antartica, Euphorbia mellifera, Hosta 'Sum and Substance', Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Carex comans, Rodgersia, Geranium maderense. | GAP Gardens

Fountain in a shady border - not necessarily this style or even a fountain. Another focal point would also work amongst the shade loving plants

Fountain in a shady border - not necessarily this style or even a fountain. Another focal point would also work amongst the shade loving plants

White forget-me-nots, tulips, daisies and money plant combine with hostas and silvery astelia foliage in this spring garden

White forget-me-nots, tulips, daisies and money plant combine with hostas and silvery astelia foliage in this spring garden

Hosta Hadspen Blue http://www.rhsplants.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/hosta-tardiana-group-hadspen-blue/itemno.RH30000261/

Hosta Hadspen Blue http://www.rhsplants.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/hosta-tardiana-group-hadspen-blue/itemno.RH30000261/

Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold') lights up a shadel garden featuring pieris, hellebores and hostas in Froggsong Garden in summer

Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold') lights up a shadel garden featuring pieris, hellebores and hostas in Froggsong Garden in summer

A mix of perennials including several hosta, a Brunnera, a Heuchera and a Pulmonaria.

A mix of perennials including several hosta, a Brunnera, a Heuchera and a Pulmonaria.

Most gardeners are familiar with classic perennials such as daylilies, peonies, hostas, and iris, but there's a whole host of lesser-known, underused perennials that can add color and interest to your garden. You may have to search for them at your garden center or an online source, but they're all worth the effort. Here are 15 of our favorite underused perennials.

Most gardeners are familiar with classic perennials such as daylilies, peonies, hostas, and iris, but there's a whole host of lesser-known, underused perennials that can add color and interest to your garden. You may have to search for them at your garden center or an online source, but they're all worth the effort. Here are 15 of our favorite underused perennials.

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