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In recent years, shade-loving gardeners in the Northeastern United states have had the opportunity to enjoy a better-quality summer experience with the help of the invasive plant, shade bamboo. Here's what you need to know about this hardy, fast-growing and beautiful plant with a truly lush air of mystery.What shrubs grow well in shade? When garden expert Melinda Myers told us this was one of the most frequent questions asked during her appearances, we knew it would make a great Top 10. In the past, we’ve had stories on shrubs and stories on shade, but we’ve never combined the two until now. With some guidance from Melinda and tips from Michael A. Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, we pulled together this stellar group of shrubs for shade. These recommendations should bring some life and color to the shadiest areas of your backyard.
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. Emerald and Gold euonymus is a bush with bi-colored leaves; in this case, the name tells you exactly what those two colors are. The gold color gets brighter with sun exposure, but this plant is plenty attractive in shade.
There are many kinds of euonymus. One is quite notorious as an invasive plant, the winged spindle tree. While this is a shrub that grows in shade, lack of sufficient sunlight may rob it of its primary selling point: its fall color. Euonymus can be a very fast-growing plant; you can control it with hard pruning in the spring.Yews are one of the plants used in Christmas traditions. These needledevergreen bushes are valued for their showy, red, berry-likecones 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. Several different species of Rhododendron produce beautiful spring blooms in various brilliant shades. They include both evergreen and deciduous varieties and can grow in many different climates. Rhododendrons are often used as foundation plantings but can grow quite large unless regularly pruned. Unless your soil is already heavily acidic, fertilize yearly with an acid-enhanced fertilizer in late winter or early spring. (Source:www.thespruce.com)