The Q&A Archives: Shrubs for Shaded Areas

Question: What shrubs could I plant in a northeast flower bed that gets little sun? Plant needs to be less than 3 feet tall.

Answer: See if you can find these at a local nursery and see if they'll suit your needs: deciduous shrubs - Potentilla fruticosa (bush cinquefoil); Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Indian curran coralberry) grows 3-5' tall; Sarcococca ruscifolia (fragrant sarcococca) grows 3-6' tall. For evergreens - Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape holly) grows 3-5' tall; Fallugia paradoxa (Apache plume) grows 3-7' tall. You may be able to find smaller varieties of these species locally. If not, let us know, and we'll try to help you find a source. Hope this helps!

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