trees or shrubs for shade - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by virginl
April 9, 2010
i live in north myrtle beach, sc. i have a spot on the side of the house that gets light but no sun, what do you recommend to plant there?

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2010


Here are some shrubs to consider: Hardy Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is cCarefree, with sweet smelling summer blooms of pink, white, or deep-rose, Summersweet is pest and disease free. Prefers slightly acid, sandy soil and full sun, but tolerates clay and dense shade. Late summer/early fall bloom. Height: 4-6 feet.

Mophead Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla): With its huge, leathery leaves and abundance of showy flowers, the big leaf hydrangea is a sight to behold in the heat of summer. Hydrangeas love acid, moist, loamy soil which will produce deep blue flowers; however the mophead will also grow well in alkaline soil, producing pink flowers. White blooms remain white, no matter the soil pH.

Oak-Leaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia ?Snow Queen?): A vigorous grower to 10 feet high, it is highly pest and disease resistant, and thrives in full sun or deep shade. In fall, foliage turns a deep rich burgundy, and in winter, the exposed bark and dried flower heads are eye-catching. For the smaller garden consider H. quercifolia ('Pee Wee'), which grows a mere 4 feet high and 3 feet wide.

Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris): This small, aromatic, deciduous (dropping leaves in winter) shrub is perfect for low hedges or the sunny edge of the woodland garden. Almost unreal in its visual impact, when planted in groups the breathtaking varieties of the blue mist shrub include 'Summer Sorbet' with variegated foliage, 'Sunshine Blue' with a deeper blue bloom and golden foliage, and even a pink called 'Pink Chablis.' Blue mist shrub is heat and drought tolerant, once established, and it blooms from summer through fall. Height 2-3 feet with late summer to fall blooms.

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