Especially on scorching days, in-the-shade plantings beckon. I find myself darting across the garden's sunny stretches from one dappled patch to another. There had better be some flashy plants to make the trip worthwhile.
This bright-leaved false nettle is one of the season's shady stars: Its new leaves are white-gold, stippling with green as they mature. In late July, new foliage is still emerging even as the tallest of the clump's stems nears five feet. Many other shade garden treats peak in Spring or even Winter—think snowdrops and hellebores—so it's a joy that this sizable plant just keeps on coming as July melts into August.