Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

CactusGirlyMay 13, 2013

We have a backyard surrounded by view fencing. In the Northwest corner we have two large Sissoo trees. We are looking for a nice, evergreen shrub to provide privacy in that area. The shrub would get morning sun, but would be in shade most of the time, under the Sissoos. Looking for it to be about 4-5 feet high, 5-6 feet long. Soil is dry, but has drip irrigation. Nothing poisonous to dogs. Help?

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plstqd(9)

What about pittosporum? The variegated varieties are pretty for shade, and they tolerate salty soils, which is great for this area.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 12:13AM
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lazy_gardens

Some plants prefer morning sun ... Diclyptera, and that evergreen shrub I can never remember, with deep green leaves and white fragrant flowers and thorns. (ADDING: it's Natal plum, Carissa Macrocarpa)

And the succulents: many agaves and yuccas prefer afternoon shade, as do Sanseverias and many aloes. Mother of millions, some of the jasmines, desert nicotiana (white fragrant flowers on rambling sprawly shrub)

You can also grow spider plants outdoors here, and asparagus ferns.

This post was edited by lazygardens on Wed, May 15, 13 at 15:18

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 11:03AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

How about Aucuba Japonica? It's a beautiful shrub that will grow in shade. Or nandina, aka Heavenly Bamboo. If you're looking for a shrub that screens views from the ground up, it's a great choice. http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/1883/sienna-sunrise-heavenly-bamboo.php

Here is a link that might be useful: Aucuba Japonica

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 11:50AM
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CactusGirly

Thank you all for the recommendations. Tomatofreak - I will definitely check out Heavenly Bamboo, as privacy screening is our top concern.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 5:42PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I think you'd like nandina then; it stays full from top to bottom. The one next door is about 6' tall. I don't know why this plant doesn't come up more often when folks talk about wanting a privacy hedge. It's full, it's evergreen and it needs very little care.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 1:29PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Dang, I forgot to post the link!

Here is a link that might be useful: Heavenly Bamboo

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 1:30PM
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