Shade in the garden may seem a limitation, but the experienced gardener knows that this is only an opportunity to use the wilting plants in a sunny place.

As Andrew Bunting says in his article on shrubs for shade, there are many options to interest your shade garden: “If you have a weak view of the shady places in your garden, it may be because you have not found the right plants to make these areas shine. A few well-chosen shrubs can turn a shaded area into a showcase, and there are more choices available than you could imagine.”

Find below four choices for the mid-Atlantic Ocean, and find even more shrubs for shade in Andrew’s article, 9 large shrubs for shade.

1. Oak Leaf Hydrangea ” Pee Wee”

Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’
Zones: 5-9
Size: 4 to 5 feet long and wide
Conditions: full sun to half shade; moist and well drained soil
Originally from the southeastern United States

Oak leaves with a coarse texture give this native shrub a sense of presence. ‘Pee Wee’ blooms in June, a quieter time for native shade plants. The autumn color is rich from burgundy to red (photo), and in winter the used heads Remain attractive and attract the eye to its cinnamon-colored bark. This cultivar is smaller than the species, making it easier to use in most gardens. The flowers used at the end of winter so that they do not harm the foliage emerge in the spring.

2. Spicebush

Name: Lindera benzoin
Zones: 4-9
Size: 6 to 12 feet long and wide
Conditions: full sun to half shade, tolerates full shade, medium to wet soil, tolerates dry soil
Origin: Southeastern United States

Each year, the soft yellow haze of spicebush fills the forests in full bloom and announces that spring has arrived. This hardy and native shrub is charming in the garden and gives a color in early spring, and it shows in the fall with yellow leaves and bright, bright red fruits on female plants. It has many benefits for wild animals, including leaves that serve as food for spicebush dovetail caterpillars. Spicebush requires little maintenance and responds well to cutting on the ground and rejuvenated when needed.

3. Turmeric

Name: Xanthorhiza simplicissima
Zones: 3-9
Size: 2 to 3 feet long and wide
Conditions: full sun to half shade; medium to moist soil
Origin: Southeastern United States

Yellowroot is an attractive and versatile native shrub, easy to care for and requiring very little pruning. Nebulae of small purple flowers appear on the branches in spring, just as the foliage emerges and are best enjoyed up close. Bright green leaves have a celery-like texture, which turns golden yellow in autumn. Plant this woody shrub where it can spread to form an effective ground cover. With a little moisture, it will cope well in sunny areas; given the shade, it will also thrive in dry areas.

4. Leucothoe Hanging

Name: Leucothoe fontanesiana
Zones: 5-8
Size: 3 to 5 feet long and wide
Conditions: partial shade to full shade; moist, well-drained soil
Originally from the southeastern United States

Some native plants have a reputation for being a bit wild and unmanageable. This is not the matter with the hanging leucothoe, which brings elegance to any shady garden. This small evergreen has glossy, dark green leaves arranged alternately along curved stems, creating a cascading effect. Small clusters of urn-shaped white flowers hang on bunches hanging in the spring. It needs little pruning after removing dead wood after a harsh winter.

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