I recently decided that the epimedium rubrum I had, while pretty in spring, was just not showy enough to be front stage beside the steps to my front door, so I started re-arranging the front Shade Garden. I moved the epimedium elsewhere and switched in 3 Brunnera 'Jack Frost' (also from elsewhere in my garden) which is one of my favourite shade plants. Their silvery leaves with intricate green veins look great all season, not to mention they have pretty forget-me-not-blue flowers in late spring. I'm much happier with this garden now!
Here's another view from a little further back. Don't those silvery leaves look pretty? That's a new Persicaria 'Red Dragon' with the variegated leaves in the front left, which I've seen mixed information about, so I hope it will be hardy here. I'm going to mulch it for the winter to be safe. Does anyone have any experience with this plant?
And here's the garden as seen when coming around the side of the house towards the front door. The epimedium rubrum has been moved to the spot on the bottom right of this photo, where it will do just fine in the dry shade close to a spruce tree.
The path needs work, I know. It's on my list.