Shade shrubs for city landscape - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, Ma
Question by ejoyce410
February 18, 2009
I'm looking for shrubs that will grow in a zone 7 (Baltimore, MD) city street median that is in the shade. They need to be drought tolerant, in the 2-3 foot range and evergreen. Are there any common varieties that would meet all of these needs? If not, are there any colorful perennials that might work? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
February 18, 2009


There are several small shrubs you can consider:
Thuja occidentalis 'Golden Globe' is evergreen and remains 2-3 feet tall and wide; Berberis thunbergii 'Rosy Glow' has beautiful summer and winter color; Buxus 'Green Gem' ; Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald n Gold', and Euonymus f. 'Emerald Gaiety' are all small plants with colorful foliage. Perennials might include: Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Blue Mist, Astilbe, and Bee Balm. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your garden.

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