Summersweet is a great choice for a compact shrub in a damp, shady area. Also: inkberry holly, dwarf Virginia sweetspire and buttonbush.

Summersweet is a great choice for a compact shrub in a damp, shady area. Also: inkberry holly, dwarf Virginia sweetspire and buttonbush.

Shrubs for Shady Spots: Sumac, Azalea, Rhodie, Camellia, Kerria, Hydrangea, Pieris, Summersweet, Serviceberry, Mountain Laurel, Daphne.  Lower front yard and along north front fence!

Shrubs for Shady Spots

Shrubs for Shady Spots: Sumac, Azalea, Rhodie, Camellia, Kerria, Hydrangea, Pieris, Summersweet, Serviceberry, Mountain Laurel, Daphne. Lower front yard and along north front fence!

Skimmia japonica "Rubella" A great evergreen shrub for shady areas with showy flower buds and white fragrant flowers.

Skimmia japonica "Rubella" A great evergreen shrub for shady areas with showy flower buds and white fragrant flowers.

If you take a springtime drive through the Appalachian Mountains you may see wild mountain laurels in flower on hillsides and meadows. This spectacular native evergreen shrub makes a great landscape plant sporting large clusters of cup-shape rose or white flowers with purple markings. It prefers a rich, slightly acid soil and makes a wonderful companion for azaleas and rhododendrons. Mountain laurel is also rabbit- and deer-resistant.

Shrubs for Shady Spots

If you take a springtime drive through the Appalachian Mountains you may see wild mountain laurels in flower on hillsides and meadows. This spectacular native evergreen shrub makes a great landscape plant sporting large clusters of cup-shape rose or white flowers with purple markings. It prefers a rich, slightly acid soil and makes a wonderful companion for azaleas and rhododendrons. Mountain laurel is also rabbit- and deer-resistant.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - This new fatsia is primarily grown for its handsome foliage, which looks as though it has been variously been dusted with icing sugar. It makes a wonderful specimen, particularly when planted near white-flowering plants that compliment the leaf variegations. It can also be used to help add light and colour to areas or lightly dappled shade.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - This new fatsia is primarily grown for its handsome foliage, which looks as though it has been variously been dusted with icing sugar. It makes a wonderful specimen, particularly when planted near white-flowering plants that compliment the leaf variegations. It can also be used to help add light and colour to areas or lightly dappled shade.

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Discover flowering shrubs for shade and get growing tips to help them thrive from the experts at HGTV Gardens.

Flowering Shrubs for Shade Gardens

Discover flowering shrubs for shade and get growing tips to help them thrive from the experts at HGTV Gardens.

Shade-tolerant shrubs that are grown for their flowers are best planted where a little sun can filter through, such as near deciduous trees or a trellis.

Shrubs for Areas With High Shade

Shade-tolerant shrubs that are grown for their flowers are best planted where a little sun can filter through, such as near deciduous trees or a trellis.

Cyclamen hederifolium AGM - 7 mixed leaved forms. For the dry deep shade at back of apple trees.

Cyclamen hederifolium AGM - 7 mixed leaved forms. For the dry deep shade at back of apple trees.

Firehouse Dwarf Nandina  evergreen, red fall color  This dwarf variety holds that red fire engine color all Winter. It has a compact mounding form with bright green Spring foliage.  prune, selectively cut the stalks and stagger the heights of each cane instead of cutting them all off to the same height - resistant to deer, drought, heat & humidity, pollution, rabbits, seashore, slope, and wind.

Firehouse Dwarf Nandina evergreen, red fall color This dwarf variety holds that red fire engine color all Winter. It has a compact mounding form with bright green Spring foliage. prune, selectively cut the stalks and stagger the heights of each cane instead of cutting them all off to the same height - resistant to deer, drought, heat & humidity, pollution, rabbits, seashore, slope, and wind.

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