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What flowering plants will grow in the shade?

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2016  |  39 Views

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There are many flowering plants that grow happily in the shade. Here is a partial list:

  • Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel) – a native shrub
  • azaleas
  • rhododendrons
  • Enkianthus perulatus (white enkianthus) -  may be hard to find in nurseries
  • Enkianthus serrulatus – whitish-pink flowers
  • Hydrangea macrophylla, e.g the cultivar ‘Endless summer’
  • Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea)
  • Amelanchier arborea or A. canadensis (shadbush) – can grow quite large; a native shrub
  • Euonymus fortunei (wintercreeper) – usually a ground cover, some have variegated leaves
  • Euonymus kiautschovicus (spreading euonymus)
  • Camellia japonica – there are many cultivars available, some of which are hardy in this area in a sheltered spot; winter and spring flowering
  • Clethra alnifolia (summersweet) – a native shrub


For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

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