Need a shrub in St. Louis

topherkaiMay 21, 2007

I have two spots in my St. Louis yard that need a shrub and I can't find one to work! Hopefully, y'all can help. Here are the details:


Tree shaded all day except from 10:30 - 1:30pm.

Wet, clay soil. (It collects runoff...)

Needs to be around 4 - 5 feet tall.


Tree and house shaded all day except from 12:00 - 2:00pm.

Average to dry moisture.

Clay soil.

Needs to be around 3 - 4 feet tall.

I've tried many plants and shrubs and they don't seem to take. I end up trasplanting them somewhere else and am left scratching my head with what to do.

Thanks in advance!

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My experience with shrubs is pretty slim, so I don't have any advice for you except this - the Mo Botanical Gardens plant finder is very very helpful. Plug in your requirements and you'll get just what you need:

Besides all the encyclopedic info, comments from users are always pertinent, as well.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 10:08AM
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What have you tried so far? That isn't very much sun but a shade loving shrub might not like the afternoon midwest heat.
Annabelle hydrangea will take more sun than other hydrangeas and one of my favorites. I have one on the northwest corner of my house and it doesn't mind the afternoon sun. It's also close to a downspout. I think it would do well in your first spot.

Still trying to think of something a little smaller for the second spot.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 12:44PM
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Thanks for the referrals. I love the botanical gardens website finder!!!

Christie, how big is your annabelle?

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 11:54PM
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My Annabelle is 4' x 4' right now but I think when it's in full bloom later this summer, it will be at least a few inches taller and wider.
Mobot has a "Plants of Merit" list too that is wonderful especially since you live in the same area and some of their plant descriptions have a link to "bloom data" that shows when and how long the plant was in bloom. They have a great website.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants of Merit

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 11:40AM
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