Tall Plant for Shade - Knowledgebase Question

Walpole, MA
Question by poornima20
July 31, 2000
I would like to plant a dramatic tall plant in a spot that is all shade. Will a tall ornamental grass take shade? If not, can you suggest something that is tall, will take shade, and have fairly all-season interest?


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Answer from NGA
July 31, 2000

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I don't know of any ornamental grasses that will thrive in such a shady spot; you might be better off with a shrub. Here are a few suggestions:

Deciduous:
Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
Burning bush (Euonymus alatus)
Oak leaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia)

Evergreen:
Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
Drooping leucothoe (L. fontanesiana)
Rhododendron
Yew

I hope this helps!

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