Small Shrubs for Shady Areas

These shrubs usually need 6 hours of morning sun in the summer in order to flower.

Abelia

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’

Height: 2- 2.5′

Spread: 3- 3.5′

Pinky Bells Abelia

Abelia x ‘Lynn’

Height: 2-3′

Spread: 3-4′

Prostrate White Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Prostrata’

Height: 1.5- 2′

Spread: 4-5′

Rose Creek Abelia

Abelia x chinensis ‘Rose Creek’

Height: 2-3′

Spread: 3-4′

Azalea

Bollywood Azalea

Rhododendron hybrida ‘Farrow’

Height: 2′

Spread: 3′

Perfecto Mundo Pink Azalea

Rhododendron x ‘NCRX3’

Height: 2-3′

Spread: 2-3′

Bamboo

White Striped Dwarf Bamboo

Sasaella masamuneana ‘Albostriata’

Height: 3-5′

Spread:

Boxwood

Dwarf English Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’

Height: 1-2′

Spread: 1-2′

Daphne

Eternal Fragrance Daphne

Daphne x transatlantica ‘BLAFRA’ 

Height: 2-3′

Spread: 2-3′

Maejima Daphne

Daphne odora ‘Maejima’

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 3-4′

Rock Daphne

Daphne arbuscula x cneorum

Height: 15″

Spread:

Deutzia

Chardonnay Pearls Deutzia

Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’

Height: 3′

Spread: 3′

Creme Fraiche Deutzia

Deutzia gracilis ‘Mincream’

Height: 1-2′

Spread: 1-2′

Nikko Deutzia

Deutzia x rosea ‘Nikko Blush’

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 4-5′

Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia

Deutzia x ‘NCDX2’

Height: 1-2′

Spread: 1-2′

Yuki Snow Flake Deutzia

Deutzia x ‘NCDX1’

Height: 1-2′

Spread: 1-2′

Euonymus

Gold Splash Euonymus

Euonymus fortunei ‘Roemertwo’

Height: 1.5- 2′

Spread: 1.5- 2′

Ivory Jade Euonymus

Euonymus fortunei ‘Ivory Jade’

Height: 3′

Spread: 6′

Moonshadow Euonymus

Euonymus fortunei ‘Moonshadow’

Height: 3′

Spread: 5′

Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus

Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’

Height: 2′

Spread: 6-8′

White Album Euonymus

Euonymus fortunei ‘Alban’

Height: 1.5- 2′

Spread: 1.5- 2′

Heavenly Bamboo

Flirt Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica ‘Flirt’

Height: -12′

Spread: 1-2′

Harbour Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica ‘Harbour Dwarf’

Height: 1.5′

Spread: 2.5′

Woods Heavenly Bamboo

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Holly

Brass Buckle Holly

Ilex crenata ‘ANNYS1’

Height: 1- 1.5′

Spread: 1- 1.5′

Hydrangea

Bobo Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘ILVOBO’

Height: 3′

Spread: 3-4′

Invincibelle Wee White Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA5’

Height: 1- 2.5′

Spread: 1- 2.5′

Hypericum

Creeping St. Johns Wort Hypericum

Hypericum reptans

Height: 4-5″

Spread: 2-3′

Sunburst Hypericum

Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’

Height: 2-3′

Spread: 4′

Sungold Hypericum

Hypericum patulum ‘Sungold’

Height: 2′

Spread:2′

Lily of the Valley Shrub

Creeping Lily of the Valley

Height:

Spread:

Oregon Grape Holly

Creeping Oregon Grape Holly

Mahonia repens

Height: 1-2′

Spread: 3-4′

Pyracantha

Lowboy Pyracantha

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Spread:

Rhododendron

Scarlett Wonder Rhododendron

Rhododendron x ‘Scarlet Wonder’ 

Height: 2′

Spread: 3′

Purple Gem Rhododendron

Rhododendron x ‘Purple Gem’

Height: 2′

Spread: 3′

Weigela

Fine Wine Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Bramwell’

Height: 2-4′

Spread: 3′

Midnight Wine Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Elvera’

Height: 10-12″

Spread: 2′

My Monet Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Verweig’

Height: 1.5- 2′

Spread: 1- 1.5′

My Monet Sunset Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Sunset’

Height: 1- 1.5′

Spread: 1- 1.5′

Spilled Wine Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Bokraspiwi’

Height: 1-2′

Spread: 2-3′

Yew

Dark Green Spreader Yew

Taxus x media ‘Dark Green Spreader’

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 4-6′

Emerald Spreader Yew

Taxus cuspidata ‘Monloo’

Height: 2.5′

Spread: 8-10′