Answer: Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) inhabits low, wet places in nature but seems equally happy in dry garden soils. Its white, fragrant flowers appear in June and July; in fall, its foliage turns a brilliant purple crimson.
Plumleaf azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium) has blazing red flowers that appear unusually late in the season for an azalea. It's a Georgia native.
Hydrangea, winter daphne and beautybush will also grow in the shade.
Best wishes with your landscape!
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