Shade can present some challenges when gardening, but there are many plants that will thrive even in deep shade. With a little creativity shady corners can turn into colourful spaces for you to enjoy.
Stars for the shade:
Azalea & Rhododendron – beautiful upright, rounded shrubs that produce clusters of fragrant tubular flowers in the spring, in a variety of colours.
Bog Rosemary – low growing, compact shrub with leathery blue-green needle-like leaves, showy pink bell-shaped flowers in the spring.
Boxwood - dense rounded shrub with small bright green leaves, evergreen.
Burning Bush – upright rounded shrubs with dark green leaves that turn brilliant red in the fall. Produce unique pink capsules with an orange seed.
Chokeberry – a compact rounded shrub with glossy dark green leaves that turn red in the fall; produces clusters of white flowers in spring and black berries in the fall.
Dogwood – upright shrubs with dark green, yellow or variegated foliage, clusters of white flowers, red or yellow stems.
Dwarf Balsam Fir – small, rounded, flat-topped evergreen with short flat, fragrant dark green needles.
Euonymus – low growing, colourful shrubs with leathery variegated leaves.
False Spirea – dense, upright spreading shrub with fern-like leaves; produce large plumes of white flowers in the summer.
Flowering Raspberry – an upright shrub with maple-shaped green leaves, fragrant pink flowers followed by small berries.
Highbush Cranberry – hardy, dense shrubs with glossy dark green leaves that turn red in the fall. Produces clusters of showy white flowers in spring and berries in the fall.
Hydrangea – upright rounded shrub with soft green leaves; produces large round heads of flowers in mid-summer to fall.
Nannyberry – upright, vase-shaped shrub with glossy dark green leaves that turn purplish-red in the fall, produces clusters of white flowers in the spring followed by blue-black berries.
Ninebark – upright rounded shrub with green, purple, yellow, coppery leaves, white or pink flowers, and exfoliating bark.
Russian Cypress – a low growing, spreading evergreen with dark green needle-like foliage that turns purplish-brown in the winter.
Snowball Bush – dense rounded shrub with loped green leaves that turn burgundy-red in the fall and masses of ball-shaped clusters of white flowers in late spring.
Snowberry / Coralberry / Buckbrush – compact, upright rounded shrub with rounded blue-green leaves, pink flowers and attractive white, red or pink berries that persist through the winter.
Wayfaring Tree – Dense rounded shrub with soft grey-green leaves that turn purplish-red in the fall, produces large flat-topped clusters of white flowers followed by black berries in the fall.
Yew – slow growing evergreen with flat dark-green needles and bright red ornamental berries.
These only a few of the plants that will thrive in shady locations, please see our friendly, knowledgeable staff for further information.