Q. What are some shrubs for a shade garden?


Woody plants for shady places include:

Amelanchier spp. (shadbush)

Enkianthus spp. (red-vein enkianthus)

Ilex spp. (evergreen and deciduous holly)

Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)

Leucothoe fontanesiana (drooping leucothoe)

Pieris floribunda (mountain andromeda)

Rhododendron spp. (evergreen and deciduous azaleas)

Rhododendron catawbiense (catawba rhododendron)

Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)

Skimma japonica (skimmia)

Vaccinium angustifolium laevifolium (lowbush blueberry)

Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)

The above woody plants prefer acid soil. 

For more shade-tolerant plants that thrive in dry, wet and normal soils, see this list from Cornell University Cooperative Extension.


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


  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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