Originally Posted by recycledsole
Customer of mine has a nice shade garden but she wants more color in it. It is almost full shade- the northern side of a house. What are some plants that are either colorful in their foliage or flower in the summer/ fall that can do well in shade? I have already thought of dwarf fall blooming camellia and huechera.
Will nandina 'firepower' turn red in the shade or will it stay green? What is that dark red / purple shrub I see everywhere with thorns?
Firepower nandina only turn red in the winter time. During the summer, they're a bright lime green color. I have some in my backyard that have been there for years. It's south facing and full sun though, they've done great. Not sure how they'll do in shade.
What's your maximum mature size the landscape can accommodate? Hydrangeas would do well on a north side of a house. Would they be too big?
The shrubs you're talking about are probably Ruby Loropetalum. They can get pretty big though.