Shade Tolerant Trees & Shrubs

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.