|Hardy, deciduous perennials for shaded gardens with large, bold leaves often marked with contrasting colors. Leaves range in shape from round to lance-shaped, and colors can be yellow to green to blue, often with white, yellow or green marginal markings. Lavender or white flowers grow on 2 foot stalks in early summer. Wonderful contrast when planted with small-leaved plants, adding texture to the landscape. This sturdy species has ovate, shallowly cupped, dull to dark green leaves, to 12 inches long. In late summer, bears widely spaced racemes of deep purple-striped flowers on 24-30 inches, thick, leafy stalks. 18 inches tall, 30 inches wide. Japan.