Shade-loving plants - Knowledgebase Question

Lutz, Fl
Question by cklett
May 16, 2010
We have a NE-facing window next to our front door which is shaded by a large Live Oak. I'd like put some fragrant perennials and/or colorful shrubs beneath the window. What do you recommend? Would Gardenias or Confederate Jasmine be options? How about a Rhododendron or Azalea? Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
May 16, 2010

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The site might be too shady for gardenias or jasmine but azaleas and rhodies prefer shady conditions so they are good choices. Camellias might be another evergreen shrub to include. Another fragrant plant is Anise 'Florida' (Illicum floridanum ) with deep red, fragrant flowers in the spring. It is evergreen and can be pruned to keep it smaller than its typical 10 by 8' size. Hope these suggestions help!

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