The Q&A Archives: Shady spot

Question: I have a rectangle yard and in the one corner I have alot of shade so there is no grass. I would like to put something there that is not going to get to big but will flower as well as stay green, mostly, all winter long because it sits up against my chain link fence, so I want it to look nice on both sides. What can I put there. I was thinking about a Dwarf burning bush and maybe some azaleas and shrubs but I am unable to find any dwarf burning bushes. As for the rest I am unsure of how it will look. Please help me!

Answer: Here are a few suggestions:
Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria nana) grows 2 ft. x 2 ft. in sun or shade; this fine textured evergreen does not produce berries, but remains evergreen.

Dwarf Camellia (Camellia sasanqua) grows in semi or partial shade (but will grow in full sun); prefers acid soil. They bloom in fall or winter.

Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum), grows to 18 in., prefers cool, well-drained soil. This is a slow growing, hardy evergreen fern.

Dwarf or Kurume Azaleas (Azalea obtusum) reaches 2-3 ft., prefers shade and acidic soil. There are may varieties; flower in spring in shades of pink, white, red and salmon.

There may be other selections at your local garden center.

Best wishes with your garden!

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