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Dark leafed Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ with Japanese forest grass (Hakenochloa macra ‘Aureola’) and blue annual Nigella damascena

Dark leafed Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ with Japanese forest grass (Hakenochloa macra ‘Aureola’) and blue annual Nigella damascena

Schaukelstuhl aus Eisen, mecedora estilo campo de hierro forjado, english country style iron rocker

Schaukelstuhl aus Eisen, mecedora estilo campo de hierro forjado, english country style iron rocker

Ostrich ferns as a groundcover-this is a beautiful look.  The texture, scale and informality is easy on the eyes, and pleasing.

Ostrich ferns as a groundcover-this is a beautiful look. The texture, scale and informality is easy on the eyes, and pleasing.

A rather striking water feature beautifully lit.  One wonders what's going on in the rest of the garden - black limestone paving/Ophiopogon planiscarpus 'Nigrescens'/Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'? ... the creative juices are flowing!

A rather striking water feature beautifully lit. One wonders what's going on in the rest of the garden - black limestone paving/Ophiopogon planiscarpus 'Nigrescens'/Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'? ... the creative juices are flowing!

We have a lot of shade and the only things that live there are dandelions and moss.  This would be so much nicer!

We have a lot of shade and the only things that live there are dandelions and moss. This would be so much nicer!

beautiful water features | Beautiful shaded water feature.

beautiful water features | Beautiful shaded water feature.

BEST PLANTS FOR A SLOPE; An Illinois master gardener shares her tips for taming a difficult landscape.

BEST PLANTS FOR A SLOPE; An Illinois master gardener shares her tips for taming a difficult landscape.