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Question by alenewil9
April 3, 2009
What shrub do you recommend that will get very little sunlight. House faces north and have are up against the house. I have clera planted now but not doing very well

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2009
Not many shrubs will be happy in dense shade, but here are a few suggestions:
Azaleas - Rhododendron spp; morning sun to shade; semi-evergreen; small azalea types include Gumpo varieties, some Satsuki varieties, 'Coral Bells'; 3' - 4' wide

Boxwood - Buxus microphylla; evergreen; 'Wintergreen', Japanese boxwood; 1' - 4' wide

Dwarf Gardenia - Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'; evergreen; occasional winter damage, best in protected location; 2' - 3' wide

Holly - Ilex spp; sun to shade; evergreen; several excellent species and cultivars: I. vomitoria 'Nana', 'Schillings' (dwarf yaupon holly); I. cornuta 'Rotunda' (dwarf Chinese holly); I. crenata 'Helleri', 'Compacta' (dwarf Japanese holly); 2 ' - 3 wide

Good luck with your new shrubs.

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