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Shrubs for Shade and Part Sun

hydrangeaannabellewide_pcojenWe carry two types of deciduous shrubs that can take full shade (Daphne and Hydrangea). Look to broadleaf evergreen shrubs such as Euonymus, for additional choices for shade.

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.  



 


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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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.



 

Eternal Fragrance Daphne

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Repeate blooming Daphne.  First flush of fragrant, pink, ½" flowers in late Spring.  Second smaller flushes in late Summer/early Fall.

Fall Color: n/a

Other:  Slow growing plant with a neat habit.  Mulch to keep roots cool. Leaves are dark green.


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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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)

 

 

Black Tower Elder

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Mauve-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 new elder with a more compact, columnar form.  Deep purple foliage with large leaves, new growth is green giving it a two-tone effect. Can also be planted in full sun. Does best in a moist spot.

 


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Golden Elder

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 8'-12'

Flowers: White lacy flowers in early summer.

Fall Color: Leaf color insignificant. Has cherry red fruit in Fall.

Other Notes: Large rounded form with golden yellow leaves that deepen to green during the season. Can also be planted in full sun. Does best in a moist spot

 


Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

 

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Arnold's Red Honeysuckle

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8

Flowers: Deep pink-red blooms in late spring followed by large red berries in June and July.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A shrub form of honeysuckle. Upright habit. Blue-green leaves. Can also be grown in full sun. Requires well-drained soil.

 


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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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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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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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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Little Lime Hydrangea (paniculata)

Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: Lime creamy green flowers flush pink when cooler weather comes.

Fall Color:  No

Other Notes:  A dwarf version of 'Limelight'.   Offers the same wonderful characteristics, just in a smaller package.  Upright rounded habit.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hakuro Nishiki Willow

Height: 4'-6'+

Spread: 4'-6'+

Flowers: No

Fall Color: White/Green/Pink leaves

Other Notes: Variegated (white, green, and pink) leaves on arching slender stems. Can also be grown in full sun.

 


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