Shade plants that will grow in the trickiest spots

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credit: Bonnie Alter

It's August and time for obsessive gardeners to assess what worked, and more importantly, what didn't. Especially those trouble spots such as the back corners of the bed or beside the garage where nothing grew.

Regardless of what the nurseries call 'shade' or 'partial shade' plants, here's the dirt on some that really do grow in the worst spots.

1. Ladies' Mantle, Alchemilla Mollis

The perfect shade plant. It has nicely shaped dark green leaves, with lovely lime flowers and it loves shade. And it re-seeds itself.

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