Looking for a great plant for the shade. Take a look at the Heucheras. Heucheras are easy perennials to grow and can be easily placed in the front of any border, rock garden, or container. They grow most vigorously and have the strongest colors when grown in partial shade (especially afternoon shade). They can also be grown in full shade but their growth will be very slow. Some varieties can withstand full sun in northern climates if they have constant moisture, but their colors tend to fade with the intensity of the sun. The soil should be amended with organic matter prior to planting. It should also have good drainage and a neutral pH. Heucheras are evergreen in areas with mild winters. If properly sited out of the way of winter winds and with reliable snow cover, gardeners in northern regions may also find their heucheras acting as evergreens. If the plant looks tattered by early spring, shear off any damaged leaves to make room for the vibrant new foliage which will fill in quickly. Heucheras can be grown under black walnut trees because they are resistant to the toxin, Juglone, which the black walnut trees emit from their roots. Heucheras are also salt tolerant. They are useful in the north along pathways which are salted in winter or for people gardening in coastal regions. Occasionally in northern regions, heucheras have a tendancy to heave out of the ground because of the freeze/thaw cycle. To combat heaving, add an extra layer of compost around the plant's roots in the fall. In the spring, if the plants have heaved at all, the new roots will grow into the fresh new layer of compost.