Foundation Planting With Shade Shrub

Shrubs are popular gardening choices for surrounding a home's foundation. Because of the shade provided by the house and sometimes from trees in the yard, foundation areas are often shady. For shrubs to thrive in shady areas, you must choose shade-loving plants. Fortunately, there are several attractive varieties of shade shrubs from which to choose.

  1. Flowering Shrubs

    • Gardenias provide a lovely and fragrant shrub with large white flowers and dark, waxy leaves. Carolina allspice loves the shade and produces a lovely purple-red bloom. Plant witch hazel, and you'll have yellow blooms in spring. For an old favorite in landscaping, look at non-climbing varieties of the honeysuckle shrub. The juneberry shrub provides masses of small white flowers in spring, followed by purplish-red berries.

      If you are looking for a shrub with some bite, or thorns, consider the barberry. Some varieties produce flowers, but it is mostly known for its berries. Both rhododendrons and azaleas produce flowers and thrive in shady areas. And for an easy shrub to grow in partially shaded areas, consider goat's beard with its white blooms.

    Evergreen Shrubs

    • Among flowering shrubs that are also evergreen are gardenias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Another popular evergreen shrub is boxwood, which is particularly nice when used as a backdrop for light-blooming plants. Camellia is perhaps one of the best evergreen choices among shady shrubs. They bloom in late winter or early spring with colors such as red, pink, white and bicolor.

      For a needle-bearing evergreen, popular for landscaping around foundations and for use as privacy hedges, consider one of the yews. The sizes and shapes vary among the varieties of yew available. But because the plant can be grown in sun or shade, it becomes the perfect choice for many landscaping projects.

    General Tips

    • Generally, your local nursery will carry shrubs that can survive in your climate zone, making your choice selection easier. If, however, you are ordering shrubs online, be sure to read about the shrub, noting the temperature range it requires as well as soil conditions. Climate zone information can be easily found online.

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