The Q&A Archives: What small shade shrubs grow in Zone 5?

Question: I'd like a semi-screen of plantings in front of sitting area of front porch. Plantings 30-40

Answer: You might try Pieris, Red Tipped Photinia, or Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Walbuma', which has flat, rosy-pink inflorescences that can measure up to twelve inches in diameter and is distinguished by its light green foliage tipped in red. The deciduous shrub measures only about 18 to 24 inches in height with a similar spread. In spring, deep pink-purple flowers cover the plant for several weeks. In autumn, the leaves turn to russet tones. Spiraea japonica is native to Japan, Korea and China. 'Magic Carpet' is hardy from USDA Zones 4 to 9.

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