shrubs suitable for mostly shaded area
what shrub can I plant to separate my garden from my neighbor's fence? The garden spot is mostly shaded by large trees in both yards.I live in the White Mountains of NH - zone 4 I believe.
Submitted by jimjani6670



Thanks for writing. Some good shade-tolerant shrubs for Zone 4 include:

Blueberries (Vaccinium)

Winterberry (Ilex)

Dwarf hemlock (Tsuga)

Serviceberry (Amelanchier)

Witch hazel (Hamamelis)

Red-twig dogwood (Cornus)


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Answered by CostaFarms
Community Answers (2)

I live in Chicago, zone 5, and we like to use Annabelle hydrangea in the shade. It flops and the flowers are smaller, but who cares! Clethra, Itea, Aronia, Ribes, Azalea, Rhododendron and Fothergilla come to mind. I also like the big leaf hydrangeas. They can be tricky to grow. Yews work, too, although everyone hates them. My favorite is Taxus cuspidata 'Monlo' or Emerald Spreader Yew. It is low-growing and has a lovely texture. It is worth looking for!
Submitted by LucyMcGigs