The Q&A Archives: Tall Plant for Shade

Question: I would like to plant a dramatic tall plant in a spot that is all shade. Will a tall ornamental grass take shade? If not, can you suggest something that is tall, will take shade, and have fairly all-season interest?

Answer: I don't know of any ornamental grasses that will thrive in such a shady spot; you might be better off with a shrub. Here are a few suggestions:

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
Burning bush (Euonymus alatus)
Oak leaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia)

Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
Drooping leucothoe (L. fontanesiana)

I hope this helps!

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