Shrubs for Shade and Part Sun

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The rest of the shrubs listed below grow well in what is considered 'bright shade'-- a morning sun location or in dappled light—as under the canopy of an open-branched tree. Except for Daphne and some Hydrangeas, the other shrubs listed here are versatile and can also be planted in full sun. (see shrubs for full sun)

Shrubs help add structure to the garden. They vary from small spreading groundcover types to large specimens that can grow 12 feet or more!  As you consider which to plant, know that many offer more than one season of interest. These woody plants can flower, produce ornamental or edible berries, offer colorful foliage or even spectacular fall color.


Please Note:  Availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales.  Please call (719) 574-8058 for current availability.



 


 

Bearberry a.k.a. Kinnikinnick (Arctostyphylos)

Variety: 'Massachusetts'

Height: 4"-12"

Spread: 3' and up to 6'

Bloom Color: White tinged with pink bell-shaped dainty flowers

Season of Bloom: Spring

Other Notes: A low growing woody groundcover.  Flowers are followed by small red fruit. Glossy bright green foliage turns reddish in winter. Evergreen, shrubby ground cover. Can planted in shade, part sun, or sun.

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Beautybush (Kolkwitzia)

 

 

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Height: 6'-10'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Pink, bell-shaped flowers in summer

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Broad, rounded shrub with dark green leaves. Will also grow in full sun.

 


Daphne

 

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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc 
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Carol Mackie Daphne

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Fragrant, pink, ½" flowers in late spring.

Fall Color: Red berries 1/3" wide.

Other Notes: Variegated green leaves with cream margins. Small, mounded shrub. Must be grown in part sun in Colorado. Well-drained soil is a must. Holds its leaves for a long time into winter. Can be planted in shade or part sun.



 


Buckthorn (Rhamnus)

 

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Fine Line Buckthorn

Height: 5'-7'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: No

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Need a shrub for a skinny spot?...this is the one! Columnar, sturdy, drought tolerant. Mediterranean looking.  Slow growing.  Can also grow in full sun.

 

  

 


Dogwood (Cornus)

 

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Red Twig Dogwood

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: White flowers in Spring

Fall Color: Red purple

Other Notes: Bright red stems in winter! Can also be planted in full sun.

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Fire Dance Dogwood

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: White in late Spring

Fall Color: Red-Purple

Other Notes:  Compact, mounded habit. Showy red stems.  White spring flowers are replaced with white berries attractive to birds.  Red-purple fall color. Versatile, drought tolerant once established and also tolerant of wet conditions which makes it suitable for rain gardens.

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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc
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Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood

Height: 7'-10'

Spread: 7'-10'

Flowers: White in late Spring-Early Summer

Fall Color: Insignificant

Other Notes:  This pagoda dogwood offers foliage of bright golden yellow, marked with dark green at the center of each leaf. A spectacular show in spring, when the leaves first unfurl, fragrant white blooms flower in early summer. Some blue-black berries appear in autumn. A shrub with multi-season interest, not to be missed. Plant in areas with filtered light or morning sun and afternoon shade. 

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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc
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Ivory Halo Dogwood

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: White in spring

Fall Color: Insignificant

Other Notes: Bright red stems in winter. Leaves are white and green during season. Compact, rounded shape. Can also be planted in full sun locations.



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Yellow Twig Dogwood

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: White in Spring

Fall Color: Red purple

Other Notes: Bright yellow stems in winter! Can also be planted in full sun.

 


Elderberry (Sambucus)

 

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Black Beauty Elder

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 9'-12'

Flowers: Soft pink, flat-top blossoms in early summer

Fall Color: Deep purple all season. Has deep blackish-red fruit in Fall that birds love to eat.

Other Notes:  A Proven Winners elder.  Deep purple foliage with large leaves. Can also be planted in full sun. Does best in a moist spot.

 


Hydrangea

 

Annabelle Smooth Hydrangea (arborescens)

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: Large (up to 10"), profuse white blooms mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: Deep green leaves and rounded form. Can grow in shade or part sun locations.  Will also grow in full sun with consistent moisture.

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Bella Anna (arborescens)

A pink Annabelle type

Height: 3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Magenta pink flowers from mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: A mop-head type. Can grow in shade or part sun locations. (Endless Summer Series) Blooms on old and new wood so deadheading will encourage more flowers.

  

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Endless Summer Bigleaf Hydrangea (macrophylla)

Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: Pink due to our alkaline soil OR blue if you use a fertilize that acidifies the soil.

Fall Color: Bronze

Other Notes: A mop-head type that blooms most of the season. Blooms on old and new wood—so deadheading will encourage more flowers. Can grow in shade or part sun locations.

 

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Twist-n-Shout Bigleaf Hydrangea (macrophylla)

Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Lacy, deep pink centers are surrounding by pink OR periwinkle blue depending on soil pH. (Colorado soil will naturally keep the blooms pink) If you want blue, use a fertilizer to acidify the soil.

Fall Color: Burgundy red leaves

Other Notes: Upright, rounded form. Red stems add additional interest. Can grow in shade or part sun locations. (Endless Summer Series)

     

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea (paniculata)

Height: 6'-7'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Enormous flowers, emerge cream in mid-summer, change to pink and then deepen still in fall. Can have a 3-color effect toward the end of the season.

Fall Color: NO

Other Notes: Red stems add additional winter interest. Can grow in shade or part sun locations.

 

 


Ninebark (Physocarpus)

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Amber Jubilee Ninebark

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 4'

Flowers: White flowers in spring

Fall Color: Red-purple fall colored leaves

Other Notes: Foliage tones in orange, yellow and golds.  Rounded, dense habit.

 

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Center Glow Ninebark

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: White flowers in spring

Fall Color: Red-purple fall colored leaves

Other Notes: Maroon foliage, new growth is yellow.  Upright, rounded shape.

 

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Photo Courtesy Willoway Nurseries Inc

Summer Wine Ninebark

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Pink flowers in spring make a nice show against the darker leaves.

Fall Color: Burgundy leaves

Other Notes: Upright rounded habit. Great shrub to use for color contrast.  May also be planted in full sun.

  

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Dart's Gold Ninebark

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5

Flowers: Creamy white flowers in Spring.

Fall Color: Red fruit in fall.

Other Notes: Bright yellow leaves during the growing season. Compact rounded shape. Great shrub to use for color contrast.

 

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Little Devil Ninebark

Height:  3'-4'

Spread:  3'-4'

Flowers:  White/pink flowers in early summer

Fall Color:  Red-purple leaves all season

Other Notes:  This cute and compact ninebark offers low maintenance for the homeowner with a small garden.  Burgundy foliage makes for a nice contrast.  Upright mounded. habit.  No pruning needed.

 


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Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)

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Photo Courtesy Chelsea Nursery

White Snowberry (Symphoricarpos alba)

Height:  5'-6'

Spread: 3'-6'

Flowers: Small pink flowers in summre followed by large white berries in Fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Blue-green foliage on a broad, rounded shrub.  Conspicuous large, white berries in autumn. Good in half shade and moist locations. Dainty, pink flowers in July. Excellent for holding soil on steep banks. Good wildlife habitat.

 

 


Spirea (Spiraea)

 

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Anthony Waterer Spirea

Height: 2'-3

Spread: 4'-5

Flowers: Rose pink in summer

Fall Color: Red-purple

Other Notes: Upright rounded shrub. Can also be grown in full sun.

 

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Goldflame Spirea

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Crimson blooms in summer.

Fall Color: Red-bronze

Other Notes: Leaves are ever-changing color. Bright red new growth changing to yellow and then to green. Low, mounded shrub. Can also be grown in full sun.

  

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Gold Mound Spirea

Height: 1'-2'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: Yellow foliage tinges red.

Other Notes: Great pop of color for small spaces. Yellow foliage throughout season. Can also be grown in full sun.

  

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Little Princess Spirea

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Pink flowers in summer.

Fall Color: Dark red.

Other Notes: Low mounded shrub. Can also be grown in full sun.

 

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Mellow Yellow Spirea

Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: Small white blooms in spring.

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Arching stems with bright lime-yellow leaves make this a GREAT contrast plant. Can also be grown in full sun.

 

 

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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Renaissance Spirea

Height: 5'-7'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Profuse white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: Orange-red leaves.

Other Notes: Vase-shaped shrub. Can also be grown in full sun.

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Snowmound Spirea

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Masses of pure white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A dwarf, rounded shrub with dark green foliage. Can also be grown in full sun.

 

 



Willow (Salix)

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Hakuro Nishiki Willow (Salix integra)

Height: 4'-6'+

Spread: 4'-6'+

Flowers: No

Fall
Color:
White/Green/Pink leaves

Other
Notes:
A lovely small shrub with pink stems and buds that open to dappled
green, pink and white foliage. Some leaves will be all white. The stems are
graceful and spreading. Will also grow in partial shade. Rounded shape at
maturity.