The Q&A Archives: Shrub for Shade

Question: What type of 'shrub' will flourish in a very shady spot? I also do not want it grow to a very large size.

Answer: You might try growing Carolina allspice (Calycanthus) whose reddish-purple flowers have a pleasant spicy odor. Another interesting shrub, the Japanese quince (Chaenomeles), produces clusters of spring flowers in various shades of red, pink or white, and the large, spicey scented, quince like fruits that appear later and which can be, made into jelly. A shrub worth growing for the vivid red autumn coloring of its leaves and the interesting corky, wing-like flanges of its bark is the winged euonymus (E. alatas). Another showy member of this group is the purple-leaf winter?creeper (E. fortunei var. coloratus) which makes, an excellent groundcover. The leaves take on an attractive shade of purple with the coming of cold weather. Perhaps the most popular of the flowering shrubs are the rhododendrons, which include azaleas. Given a deep, moist, woodsy soil, they will thrive in shade and are ideally suited for informal planting. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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