The Q&A Archives: Shrubs in Heavy Shade

Question: I live in New York. My home faces north and has full shade
in the front. I've tried planting shrubs, but I don't
have luck with them. Most die off over the winter.
What can I plant?

Answer: That is a tough problem! Here are a couple of shrubs that will tolerate shade: Five leaf aralia (Eleutherococcus sieboldianus), mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), various species of boxwood (Buxus spp.). Azalea and rhododendrons may do well there too.

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