The Q&A Archives: shade planting

Question: I have a corner of my house that gets very little sun. Ii would like to plant something that will grow no taller than 7 feet and stay narrow. Iit will be growing very close to my home so I have to watch the root system. I had a spiral tree there but it died after only one year. Please help.

Answer: There are very few shrubs that will thrive in deep shade. Thuja 'Holmstrup' is popular for its narrow, compact upright habit to 5' tall and 2' wide, this plant bears upright sprays of light green foliage. It thrives in light shade, produces good cone set and functions well as a low hedge.

Be sure to water deeply once each week and the thuja should thrive.

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