Most of us have shady areas in our garden and it can be a problem finding plants to grow well there. Here are some suggestions for flowering shrubs that do well in shade.
|Amelanchier||White flowers in mid to late spring||A large shrub, berries in autumn, pruning not necessary but cut back in winter to restrain growth.||20ft+||Grow in semi-shade or full sun, in neutral to acid soil.|
|Berberis||Yellow flowers in late spring to summer||Many varieties, ornamental foliage and berries in autumn. Pruning not necessary.|
Depends on variety from 2ft to 10ft.
|No special conditions or soil required. Grow in partial shade or sun.|
|Camellia||Colours vary according to variety. Flowers March to May.||Evergreen glossy leaves. Can prune to shape.||Depends on variety - they range from small shrub to large tree.||Acid soil essential. Grow in a position protected from frost and wind. It likes light shade but can be grown in sun.|
|Clethra||Spikes of fragrant white flowers in late summer to autumn||Deciduous or evergreen depending on variety. Pruning not necessary.||8ft - 25ft depending on variety.||Acid soil essential. Moist soil in light shade required.|
|Fatsia||Clusters of white flowers in autumn||Large architectural plant that looks tender but is frost hardy.||6ft+||Prefers partial shade, any good garden soil. Protect from strong winds.|
|Hypericum||Yellow flowers from spring to autumn depending on variety.||Rose of Sharon is most common variety and is low growing.||1ft - 6ft+ depending on variety.||Flourishes in shade, any garden soil.|
|Lonicera nitida||Fragrant white flowers in late spring.||A variety of honeysuckle, an evergreen climber, dense bushy growth.||20ft||This variety does well in shade.|
|Mahonia||Yellow flowers, some varieties late autumn to winter, others winter or spring.||The large varieties are architectural plants, others are low growing for ground cover.|
1 - 12ft depending on variety.
|Prefers full or partial shade, well drained soil.|
|Rhododendrum||Many different colours, flowers in spring.||Large evergreen showy shrub.||2ft - 30ft||Acid soil essential. Prefers partial shade. Fully hardy.|