What type of shrub can we grow in mostly shade? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by emorgan0507
January 24, 2010
Our backyard is xeriscaped mostly with an elaborate drip system. We have one spot that is very shaded and we would like to grow some type of large shrub there. It would have a 6 foot privacy fence next to it. We were told an austrian pine would grow there - bought one, had it planted and it died. Then we were told a pine would not grow there. We have a big space we need to fill. Any suggestions

Answer from NGA
January 24, 2010
There are a number of shade loving shrubs to consider; Azaleas, Buxus (Boxwood), Calycanthus (Carolina Allspice), Enkianthus, Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon), Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak Leaf Hydrangea), Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly), Kerria japonica (Japanese Kerria), Leucothoe, Mahonia(Oregon Grape Holly), Pieris japonica (Lily of the Valley Shrub), Rhododendron , Ribes alpinum (Alpine Current) and Viburnum. Hope one of these is just right for your landscape.

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