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Flowering shrubs for shade

Flowering shrubs for shade

Flowering shrubs for shade

Shrubs that grow in shade are a diverse lot. These bushes can provide color and interest to a drab nook in your yard. Ranging from short bushes to tall hedges, these include both evergreen and deciduous plants. Some produce blossoms, while others are planted mostly for their foliage. Read about 30 shrubs that thrive in shady and partially shady areas of your garden.

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Mountain laurel is a native plant in eastern North America. Its natural habitat is in woodland areas, where it is shaded by trees. This shrub sports glossy evergreen leaves and produces showy clusters of flowers in late spring. Cultivars have been developed just for use in the landscape, including the dwarf Minuet laurel, which has more vibrant flowers than those on wild mountain laurels. Where soil is not sufficiently acidic, fertilizing with an acid-enhanced fertilizer, like that used for azaleas and rhododendrons, will help mountain laurel thrive. Among deciduous shrubs, Japanese rose is one of the most shade-tolerant shrubs available and will do better than survive in shade. This bush flowers in spring and may bloom multiple times in partial shade. The bark is kelly green to greenish-yellow throughout the winter. Seriously overgrown shrubs can be revived by cutting them all the way back to the ground in the fall.

One of two popular shade-tolerant Japanese hollies, the Hetz holly has smaller leaves than the American and English hollies, giving it the nickname "box-leaved." The berries of this plant are black, unlike the familiar red berries on other hollies. Like boxwood shrubs Hetz Japanese holly can be closely sheared to form shaped hedges. (Source:Yews are one of the plants used in Christmas traditions. These needled evergreen bushes are valued for their showy, red, berry-like cones and as shrubs that grow in shade. Some people find them boring or overused, but the versatility of these tough plants makes their case for them. Common plants are common for a reason; do not hold their popularity against them. Yews should be trimmed in early summer to keep the shape attractive. (Source: www.thespruce.com)

 

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