Need: Mother's day gift idea: Shrub for shade

Lynn MarieApril 27, 2014

My mother mentioned that she'd like another azalea for Mother's day. The only problem is that where she wants to put them is under several trees in almost complete full shade and they keep dying. I was thinking about getting her something that would do better instead. She lives in north Louisiana, so very similar climate to east Texas; very hot, very humid, and zone 8. I've been googling, but haven't been able to come up with anything.

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PKponder TX(7b)

I love American Beautyberry.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 11:51PM
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Lin barkingdogwoods

How about a winter honeysuckle? Blooms November to March/April in east Texas and smells SOOOO sweet.

I was at SFA gardens in Nacogdoches this weekend, and they had a gorgeous bank of Virginia sweetspire, just coming into bloom. If you get the variety Henry's Garnet, the leaves turn beautiful garnet and fuschia in autumn, and the stems are reddish in the winter.

They also had some anise shrubs - Florida Sunshine is a variety with golden leaves.

There were several Deutzias just ready to bloom - one was Godsell Pink, but I don't know the names of the others.

And viburnum! I saw a Doublefile Virburnum that was just coming out of bloom, and there was a Viburnum Dentatum just coming into bloom.

You might have some fun scrolling through their index of plants...

Here is a link that might be useful: Index of plants at SFA Gardens

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 5:47PM
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andbowen(7b/8a DFW TX)

Camellia, oak leaf hydrangea, clethra 'ruby spice', or maybe a cool variegated large hosta?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 9:14PM
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cynthianovak

Oak leaf Hydrangea, and Beauty Berry are great choices

I adore Euonymus Americanus (SP?) aka strawberry Bush. Love the fall foliage and the tiny "berries"

BTW my Ruby Spice is getting leaves I'm so excited.

Here is a link that might be useful: Euonymus americanus

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 9:28PM
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Gardener972(7b-8a DFW)

Oak leaf hydrangia. Beautiful blossoms.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 4:03PM
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Lynn Marie

OK, I'm taking y'all's advice. I ordered an Oakleaf Hydrangea from eBay. I'll let you know if she likes it. THANKS!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 9:50PM
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