what fragrant shrubs will grow in mostly shade - Knowledgebase Question

South Vienna, OH (Zone 5B)
Question by Tkblanton
April 18, 2007
what fragrant shrubs will grow in shade ??


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Answer from NGA
April 18, 2007

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This is a difficult question. To some extent it depends on how large/small a shrub you have in mind. There are some fragrant witchhazels (Hamamelis) that will do well in shade or dappled light or morning only sun, along with the lovely Viburnum prunifolium, but these are really almost small trees at maturity and heavy pruning would ruin their natural shape. You might consider the evergreen Prunus laurocerasus cultivars such as "Zabeliana" as well. These are somewhat fragrant and can be grown as foundation plants in shady spots. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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