COLORFUL Shade Perenials / Shrubs

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by recycledsole, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    Hey guys,
    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?
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    I know barberry has color, but it is invasive and banned in many places
  3. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    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.
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,790

    Hostas. Lenten Rose. Ferns.
  5. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    how about peonies? they can handle a good amount of shade
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    Around here they lose their color in the shade.

    Around here they won't flower in the shade.

    Cimicifuga, Japanese painted ferns, pieris japonica, Chocolate joe-pye, dwarf bush honeysuckle, brunnera, astilbe, ginger, acanthus, pulmonaria, sedges, any of the Japanese forest grasses

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