The Q&A Archives: Small shrubs with color or flowers

Question: Small shrubs with color in an area of mostly shade color year round very low maint.

Answer: Alpine currant (Ribes alpinum)also makes an excellent hedge plant and is a good choice for many landscape situations. Alpine currant will grow in shade and has a rounded type growth habit.

Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens)are popular flowering shrubs that do well in shade. The cultivar 'Annabelle' has white, clustered flowers and dense, mounded growth reaching about 3 feet in height. The cultivar 'Grandiflora', or Snowhill hydrangea, has smaller flowers and is less dense than 'Annabelle'.

Finally, discussions of smaller shrubs need to include rhododendrons. 'P.J.M. Hybrid' Rhododendron is hardy and more tolerant of higher soil pH values typical of our area than most rhodendrons. This shrub needs shade and moisture. Many lavender flowers covering the shrub makes an outstanding sight in the landscape.

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