|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 species has lance-shaped, wavy-margined leaves, 3/4-2 1/2 inches long, glossy, deep green above, paler beneath. Arching, bare stalks, 8-10 inches tall, bear widely funnel-shaped, lavender-blue flowers, purple-striped inside, from summer to fall. 2 inches tall, 7 inches wide. Japan.