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tigerlife36
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Full Shade Shrubs
I currently have some Indian Hawthorne’s they are only a few years old that are not doing well. My landscape to the front of the house faces north and gets very little sun. What are some shrubs or landscape ideas for a mostly shady area?


meeple
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Member since May 2011
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Ginger is what I have

ETA: I mean had, after the freezes
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Red Solo Cup
The Grove
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Camellias, there are a lot of different varieties that would work.


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Slagathor
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JortsVegas
Member since Jul 2007
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
You could try Aspidistra (cast iron plant). You always see this in yards under giant live oaks.

For something a little shorter, there are tons of varieties of Hosta. Plus, you get the perennial (get it?) enjoyment of saying, "Hosta La Vista, baby."


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HoLeInOnEr05
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Member since Aug 2011
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Camellia, Gardenia, Rhododendron, boxwoods will tolerate shade, but need some sun.


Huntinguy
Member since Mar 2011
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Lorapetulum is what you are looking for.


couv1217
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2007
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
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Lorapetulum is what you are looking for.


Not in my case. Have them in a flower bed near two live oaks and they look like dog doo doo. About to dig them up and put something else


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HoLeInOnEr05
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Loropetalums are full sun...


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SportTiger1
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Stonewall, LA
Member since Feb 2007
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Someone told me to do hydrangeas...so I did. They've done okay I guess. I'm only 1 season in though. Pretty when they bloom.


Geauxtiga
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Man4others
Member since Aug 2017
309 posts

re: Full Shade Shrubs
Any morning sun? Building shade is the worst. Hydrangeas, Japanese maple tree, maybe Azaleas, hostas, camellia, gardenia might work


tigerlife36
Member since Sep 2016
206 posts

re: Full Shade Shrubs
Yes I probably get four hours of morning sun but nothing after lunch.


deeprig9
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Near Athens
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Carolina Rhododendron and Japanese Fatsia.


Hostas will just get eaten by deer.


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deeprig9
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Holly also does well in dense shade.


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deeprig9
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
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Someone told me to do hydrangeas.


Another great choice, but there are different varieties do better in shade than others. They can also need constant watering in the heat of the summer. Another drawback is they are extremely ugly in the winter, and they do require pruning.

But other than that, wonderful choice for shade. I would recommend mixing evergreen shrubs like rhododendron or holly along with the hydrangeas so in the winter you still have some green in the area.
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Phil
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re: Full Shade Shrubs
Limelight hydrangeas if you go this route.


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