Great Shrubs for Shady Gardens in New England

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Shade gardens can appear like a planting challenge for some gardeners. They might not be aware of the wide variety of gorgeous shade-loving plants that will thrive in filtered light or deep shade.

How to define shade? Generally speaking, a full shade garden receives less than 2 hours of light per day. A part shade garden receives between 2 and 6 hours of sunlight and is shaded for the rest of the day.

Below is the list of shrub species and cultivars that are shade tolerant and will add beautiful color in the shady corners of your garden. As you will note, some are top performers and have received prestigious awards.

When choosing plants, remember to pay attention to their foliage in order to create combinations of long-lasting appeal. While most shrubs produce flowers, paying particular attention to their foliage will ensure a planting that is attractive all season. 

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 – 7  
Heat Zones 1 – 3
Plant TypeShrubs
ExposurePartial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
CharacteristicsPlant of Merit, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders

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