Best conifers for shade?
Oh no, another post! I'm on a roll, that compulsive obsessive disorder is kicking into high gear!
I am rethinking some of my plantings around my house and as with most properties I have some planting areas with considerable shade. This ranges from mild shade(I'd say 4-6 hours of direct sun in mid-summer) to fairly heavy shade(just a couple hours tops of sun or indirect sun). I am wondering what conifers will be happy enough in these conditions?
I understand so far that Canadian Hemlock, maybe some Picea Pungens and some varigated conifers tolerate or even prefer shade, but how about for abies, picea and cedars? Can I get away with a plant like Picea Mariana 'Aureovarigata in full or partial shade? Would the lovely gold hues disappear?
From most literature I've seen 90% of conifers seem to be listed as 'full sun' and while I have seen many beautiful cultivars at Coenosiums growing in what appear to be part shade conditions(or more) I am still apprehensive, since conifers aren't free and I'd hate to waste 2-3 years only to find out the plants were unhappy or dying.
Thanks to all you experts in advance for any information!