Answer: Some of the most commonly suggested shrubs for shade include the azaleas and rhododendrons, and there are many varieties which normally stay within the height range you need. Another possible selection would be yew, although pruning would be required to maintain the height where you want it. Yet another possibility would be Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) which is a lovely native shrub with fragrant blooms in summer and a gorgeous fall color, or perhaps a smaller named variety of Summersweet Clethra (Clethra alnifolia), another nice native shrub which produces fragrant blooms in late summer. Finally, you might consider hostas -- these are perennials rather than shrubs, but they are available in large sizes (foliage heights range up to three feet) and thrive in shade with little or no care once established.
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