Shade shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

North Riverside, Il
Question by ckaczmarczy
September 28, 2010
We're looking for a shrub to plant on the north side of the house that will be about 4-6' tall. Would prefer an evergreen that blooms. No preference to bloom time. Drought tolerant would be a real benefit! Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
September 28, 2010

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Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) flowers in the spring and has dark, evergreen leaves. It tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.

Pieris (Pieris japonica) is a popular flowering shrub that blooms in early spring. But you?ll see flower buds develop in winter and dangle down. Dark, evergreen leaves. Grows best in moist, acidic soil and partial shade.

Pussy willow (Salix species). This shrub has soft, fuzzy flowers called catkins in late winter. Prefers moist soil and full or part sun.

Rhododendrons - either standard size or dwarf varieties. Flowers in the spring and summer. In the winter, they offer lush, evergreen foliage. Need moist, acidic soil and partial shade.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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