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Today in the Garden Nancy Brachey shares her tips

Colorful choices for shade

While azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons produce reliable color for shady gardens in spring, gardeners still look for help in keeping these areas from being too green all summer.

Impatiens and begonias have long been top choices for this purpose, but more choices exist. Look to them to accent impatiens and begonias or to stand alone as a bright spot. Here are four good choices for planting now in warm soil:

Torenia is one of the best heat-tolerant bedding plants. It's suited for baskets, pots or flowerbeds with a bit of sun. It has received high marks for performance in studies done in places with hot summers. The flowers are blue, violet, amethyst or pink, and appear abundantly on smallish plants suited for the edge of containers or the front of beds. The flowers look a bit like snapdragons, though they don't grow in spikes. Mix beautiful blue and violet torenia with white impatiens or begonias.