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A Partial Shade Shrubs Zone 8

A Partial Shade Shrubs Zone 8

Partial Shade Shrubs Zone 8

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Look at the patch of ground that runs from the back of the house to the front. You’ll see a few plants. These plants are partial shade, spotlights, and shade shrubs.It can be tough designing a garden in a shady area. You have to make sure you choose the right shrubs for the conditions. Without the proper amount of sun, flowering shrubs may fail to produce blossoms or bloom poorly, and many shrubs will perform poorly overall. Deep shade can even kill your plants unless they are species that naturally grow in shade. The following plants are able to grow in at least part shade, and some can handle full shade. This medium-size shrub is covered with lilac-blue flowers like those of the sweet pea and many other members of the Fabaceae family. They give off a fragrance that reminds some of Kool-Aid, inspiring the common name of Kool-Aid bush. The leaves are reminiscent of rosemary. It can be trained into a small tree.

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Azaleas and rhododendrons belong to the same genus, Rhododendron, and include both deciduous and evergreen shrubs. While Rhododendron range in height from dwarf to tree-like structures, most Azaleas are much more compact shrubs of up to five feet. There are almost endless varieties of Azalea today from which to choose including cultivars that bloom in spring and again in autumn. All Rhododendrons and Azaleas feature showy, brilliantly blooms in a full palette of colors. In addition to being shade plants, they also like acidic soil which is often prevalent in shady areas. Plants are shallow rooted so good drainage is essential. Dead head spent flowers to encourage blooming. Watch for weevils and powdery mildew. The Common Witch Hazel brings winter interest to the garden with small, fragrant, spidery yellow flowers. Several cultivars of this shrub are available today, some with showier blooms that may appear from autumn through early spring and are fully frost hardy. Medium sized, this open, upright shrub will benefit with a hard pruning back of new growth shoots in late summer. Many beauty products include extracts from the witch hazel shrub, due to its astringent property.

Glossy abelia is the result of crossing Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora. A semi-evergreen, arching shrub, grandiflora has yellowish green leaves with darker center and produces white bell-shaped flowers tinged with pink from mid- summer to mid-autumn. Shade tolerant, this shrub will produce a greater abundance of blooms in full sun. Abelias do best against a south or west facing wall. Many cultivars of Hydrangea are available today but two main types persist. Hortensias produce domed, dense heads of flowers while Lacecap blooms appear as clusters of flat open heads. Flower color can be altered by adding acid to the soil. PH of up to 5.5 results in blooms in the blue to purple color palette while more alkaline soil produces flowers in pink to red shades. White flowers remain unaffected by soil type. Deadhead spent flowers and prune older shoots back to the base in spring. Removal of deadwood encourages new growth. (Source: www.thespruce.com)

 

 

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