Shade Shrubs Continued

These shrubs usually need 6 hours of morning sun in the summer in order to flower but need protection from hot afternoon winds. Looking for an evergreen for the shade? Click on the link to ‘Broadleaf Evergreens’ and you will find many choices.


Annabelle Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

Height: 5′ Spread: 5′

Stunning pure white flowers, much larger than others of the species – up to 12 inches across! Blooms appear in late spring to summer, often continuing into fall. Strong, straight stems hold the huge flower heads up well, despite heavy rain. This full, lush shrub needs plenty of room to show off its spectacular beauty.

Bobo ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘ILVOBO’

Height: 3′ Spread: 3-4′

Dwarf compact hydrangea loaded with beautiful white flowers each summer, that turn pink later on in the season. The stems on this plant are also very strong, providing great upright support for the large blooms.

Berry White ®Hydrangea

Height: 7′ Spread: 5′

This variety has abundant, long lasting, rounded flower heads that start white and progress to pink, intense raspberry red and finally wine red. Flowers start blooming in July and take on red coloration early in the season. Flower color is best when night temperatures begin to cool.

Diamond Rouge ®Hydrangea

Height: 5′ Spread: 4′

This variety has abundant, long lasting, rounded flower heads that start white and progress to pink, intense raspberry red and finally wine red. Flowers start blooming in July and take on red coloration earlier in the season than other pink hydrangeas of the same type.

Incrediball Blush ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA4’

Height: 4-5′ Spread: 4-5′

Stout stems and massive blooms that are a beautiful silvery-pink. Reliability with improved stem strength.

Incrediball Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’

Height: 4-5′ Spread: 4-5′

An improved version of the garden classic ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea, but with strong, sturdy stems that don’t flop over and extra-large blooms. White flowers begin to appear in mid-summer and open to enormous snowballs.

Invincibelle Ruby ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA3’ 

Height: 3-4′ Spread: 2-3′

Dark burgundy red flower buds of  open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. The foliage is extra dark and stems are strong. It is a strong rebloomer .

Invincibelle Spirit II ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA2’

Height: 4′ Spread: 4′

The best in full-sized pink ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas. It offers handsome, dark green foliage, sturdy, strong stems that prevent flopping, and large blooms of deep pink that age to an attractive green. Reblooms, delivering waves of fresh flowers through autumn.

Invincibelle Wee White ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA5’

Height: 1- 2.5′ Spread: 1- 2.5′

Naturally grows as a tidy, rounded mound with each flower emerging a soft, blush pink before changing to white, and is held up on a strong, supportive stem. Blooming begins in early summer and continues through frost.

Lime Rickey ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘SMNHALR’

Height: 4-5′ Spread: 4-5′

Outstanding native hydrangea with large, disc-like blooms. The flowers start out a fresh green and age to rich jade, all accented with pink pollen for a unique accent.

Little Lime ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Jane’ 

Height: 3-5′ Spread: 3-5′

Award-winning dwarf of ‘Limelight’ hydrangea. Summer flowers open on strong stems of soft green and turn pink and burgundy in fall.

Little Quickfire ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPLQF’

Height: 3-5′ Spread: 3-5′

Dwarf form of ‘Quikfire’ hydrangea. Earlier blooming than other hydrangeas. White flowers transform to pink-red as summer progresses

Munchkin Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Munchkin’

Height: 3- 4.5′ Spread: 3- 4.5′

An exceptional U.S. National Arboretum introduction. Robust flower clusters open white and age to pink, remaining upright even after heavy rain. Dark green, deeply lobed oak-like foliage turns brilliant mahogany in fall. Compact and well-suited for smaller landscapes.

Pee Wee Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’

Height: 4′ Spread: 3′

A dwarf, four-season shrub perfect for smaller gardens. White spring flowers that fade to pink, beautiful fall foliage, and cinnamon-colored bark in the winter. 

Phantom Hydrangea

Height: 6-8′ Sspread: 6-8′

The largest flower heads of any of its species – up to 15 inches long. The conical color-changing blooms unfold midsummer as a creamy white, then graduate to a blushing, soft pink as the summer progresses. A heavy bloomer with sturdy-stemmed flowers that do not flop.

Pink Diamond Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Interhydia’

Height: 8-10′ Spread: 8-10′

Pink buds open to become white flowers with pink centers. The blooms rapidly turn pink as they age and then into a very bright pink shade just in time for fall.

Ruby Slippers Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’

Height: 3.5′ Spread: 4-5′

Exceptionally large, white blooms in summer that quickly age to deep pink. Robust blooms remain upright even after heavy rains. Dark green, deeply lobed oak-like foliage turns brilliant mahogany in fall. The compact form works in smaller landscapes.

Snowflake Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Brido’

Height: 4-6′ Spread: 4-6′

Intricate blossoms resemble magnified snowflakes! Bloom season is much longer than single flower species; florets continue to open throughout summer. Deeply lobed, oak tree-like leaves make a bold statement, especially in fall when the foliage turns brilliant purple and crimson.

Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’

Height: 4-5′ Spread: 5-6′

Large, dense, white flower clusters are held upright above the dark green oak leaf-shaped foliage. The midsummer blooms develop a rosy-pink hue in the fall as the leaves turn deep red-bronze. Tan-brown exfoliating bark is attractive in the winter.

Strawberry Sundae ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Rensun’

Height: 5′ Spread: 4′

Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, change to pink as night temperatures drop. The fantastic flower color lasts well into fall. With its compact habit, this hydrangea adds spectacular color and impressive flowers to small space gardens or containers.

Vanilla Strawberry ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’

Height: 7′ Spread: 6′

The enormous flower heads are a blend of vanilla and strawberry, held upright on red stems. Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, change to pink as the night temperatures drop and finally turn strawberry red. New blooms emerge as older blooms change color, giving the plant a multicolored effect in late summer and early fall. Plants grow upright, and then cascade later in the season. Excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements. 

Zin Fin Doll ®Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMNHPRZEP’

Height: 4-6′ Spread: 4-6′

Blooms emerge pure white and then turn bright pink from the bottom up. Flowers eventually age to a dark pink-red. Excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements. 


Humming Bird Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’

Height: 3-4′ Spread: 3-4′

A profusion of fragrant white flower spikes attract butterflies. Compact habit makes it good for small gardens. Effective in mass, mixed into perennial borders or along foundations. Grows well in wet areas.

Ruby Spice Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’

Height: 8′ Spread: 8′

Fragrant spikes of small rich rose-pink flowers stand above glossy green foliage in the summer. Compact habit makes this a good choice for small gardens in shrub borders and mixed into perennial borders.

Vanilla Spice ®Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia ‘Caleb’

Height: 3-6′ Spread: 3-5′

Deer resistant native plant that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Glossy dark green leaves set off the fragrant extra-large white summer flowers. Yellow fall foliage adds to its appeal. Ideal for mixed borders and naturalizing, especially wet and semi-shady sites.


Crimson Kisses Weigela

Weigela ‘Slingco 1’ PP #23,654

Height: 3′ Spread: 3′

Compact reblooming weigela with a tidy, rounded shape covered with bright, lipstick red flowers, each kissed with a white eye, backed by dense, green foliage

Czechmark Trilogy ®Weigela

Weigela florida ‘VUKOZGemini’

Height: 3-4′ Spread: 3-4′

Vibrant, tricolor blooms of pink, red and white · Loved by butterflies & hummingbirds 

Dark Horse Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Dark Horse’

Height: 3′ Spread: 3′

Dark bronze foliage with lime green venation combines with purplish pink tubular flowers to make a dramatic statement in the landscape. The neat, compact habit is easy to maintain. 

Fine Wine ®Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Bramwell’ 

Height: 4′ Spread: 3′

 Tight and upright form without the tendency to fall open from the center. Rich, dark foliage color provides vibrant contrast to the deep pink spring flowers. A slight shearing will encourage re-bloom through the summer.

Golden Jackpot Weigela

Weigela florida ‘MonRigney’

Height: 4-6′ Spread: 4-6′

Brilliant golden leaves that hold their color all season long. Prolific crimson buds open to deep pink blooms and last for nearly a month.

Magical ®Fantasy Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Kolsunn’

Height: 3-4′ Spread: 3-4′

Pure white leaf margins provide wonderful contrast to the green leaves and add interest along with the profuse soft pink flowers.

Midnight Wine Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Elvera’

Height: 12″ Spread: 24″

Dwarf plant deal for the front of the border or for edging the perennial bed. This tidy mound of dark burgundy-purple leaves blooms pink flowers.

My Monet ®Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Verweig’

Height: 24″ Spread: 18″

First dwarf variegated Weigela, its tight habit and colorful foliage make it very versatile. Variegation changes depending on light exposure – whiter variegation in shade and pink variegation in full sun. 

My Monet Sunset ®Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Sunset’

Height: 18″ Spread: 18″

Attractive yellow and green variegated foliage and nice red fall color. Grown primarily for its colorful foliage, it will occasionally produce soft, rosy pink flowers. Add it to the front of beds and borders for multi-season color.

Red Prince Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’

Height: 5-6′ Spread: 5-6′

Compact, mounding shrub with red tubular flowers against dark green foliage. Adored by hummingbirds.

Sonic Bloom ®Pink Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Bokrasopin’

Height: 4-5′ Spread: 4-5′

Hot pink flowers in spring are followed by waves of blooms until frost! Mounded growth habit with deep green foliage. Reblooms without deadheading,

Sonic Bloom ®Red Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Verweig 6’

Height: 4-5′ Spread: 4-5′

Lipstick-red flowers attract hummingbirds in droves. Deadheading is not necessary for rebloom.

Spilled Wine ®Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Bokraspiwi’

Height: 2′ Spread: 3

Dark red, wavy leaves and a spreading habit with hot pink-magenta flowers on a small plant that is wider than it is tall. Its foliage, a dark black-purple with an attractive wavy margin, will not fade to green. The tubular flowers are adored by Hummingbirds!

Wine & Roses ®Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’

Height: 4-5′ Spread: 4-5′

Rosy-pink flowers with dark glossy foliage. Blooms in spring and will re-bloom throughout the summer.