Shade loving shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Cary, IL
Question by csytsma
October 3, 2005
Keep rcv. confusing info. on shade loving shrubs. Trying to figure out what would be best in front of our house (which faces North). Need something that can handle full shade. Preferably something that grows 3-6' at most. Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
October 3, 2005

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North-facing garden beds pose some challenges when you're thinking of planting colorful shrubs, but here are a few suggestions: Dwarf Nandina (heavenly bamboo) produces reddish-tinged new foliage which changes later to green. In the fall, the foliages changes again to a reddish-bronze color. This shrub will grow in full sun to full shade. Daphne odora is an evergreen with white margins on medium green leaves. This plant produces flowers in late winter. Finally, some azaleas are evergreen and will produce a brilliant floral display in late-spring. Hope one of these suggestions appeals to you!

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