Taller growing perennials and shrubs for shade

Taller growing perennials and shrubs for shade
Taller growing perennials & shrubs that are good for growing  in shade.
Please check on our website for details of varieties, sizes & growing conditions-www.Caths Garden Plants.co.uk
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maple)- Various coloured & shaped foliage of maroon, green or golden. Some varieties produce good autumn colour. Need a sheltered position protected from strong winds. Prune in summer if necessary.
  • Aucuba japonica (Laurel) – Evergreen, maroon flowers in spring & red berries in autumn if there is a male & female plant. Plant at the back of a border or as a hedge.
  • Azalea-Members of the Rhododendron family but usually shorter growing. Need an acid soil. Flowers produced before leaves in spring. Deciduous & evergreen varieties some with variegated leaves. Can be grown among trees & look good when mass planted. The Encore series re-blooms in autumn.
  • Buxus (Boxwood)-An evergreen that grows well under trees.
  • Cornus alba- Variegated grey-green leaves with deep red stems in winter. Can be kept smaller with brighter foliage by pruning out one third of old stems in winter.
  • Daphne-Evergreen with fragrant flowers in late winter/early spring. Low maintenance.
  • Hydrangea- White, pink or blue flowers from July-Sept. Pink or blue flower colour depends on the soils acidity. Needs to be kept moist. Can grow in wooded areas or grow as specimen plants. Summer or autumn flowering varieties. Hydrangea macrophylla doesn’t require pruning except for dead or broken stems. Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak-leaved hydrangea) –Foliage turns bright red in autumn & bark gives winter interest. Needs an acid soil. No pruning needed.
  • Itea virginica- Fragrant white flowers & good autumn foliage. There are dwarf varieties. Can grow virtually anywhere in dry, wet or poor soil & in sun or shade.
  • Kalmia latifolia- Flowers late spring/early summer. Evergreen. Needs a sheltered position & acid soil. Mulch for winter protection.
  • Taxus (Yew)- Drought tolerant. Evergreen with red berries in autumn. Can be pruned. Don’t like wet conditions. Needles & berries toxic to humans & animals if ingested.
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