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Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

Posted by katy_bug z7 GA (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 29, 09 at 16:37

Finally redoing some of my garden beds this weekend and I want to replace some old ratty azaleas with a small round shrub. I was thinking of indian hawthorn but I am afraid the spot does not get enough sun. It gets about 4 hours of morning sun then the house shades it for the rest of the day. What will tolerate shade and grows in a similar size and shape to the compact indian hawthorn?

Thanks!


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

If you are in the Atlanta area, or southward you might try wheeler's dwarf pittosporum.


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

Thanks GGG, that looks interesting. I am over in Athens.

I did a quick google search and it says it is only winter hardy in zones 8-10.


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

I have some cleyera's in shade and although theoretically they will get big, they have been the same size now for almost 9 years so I wouldn't think they would take much to keep them small. They are very attractive, btw.


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

So here are pictures . . .
I am beginning to think this space might be to small for any shade loving shrub. What do you think?

Maybe a small perennial border? Any suggestions?

From Yard

From Yard


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

How about Sweetbox, Sarcococca sp.?


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

It is winter hardy for me here, but in Athens you'd probably be gambling a bit.
Hard to find, but there are dwarf camellias too. There is also a dwarf wax myrtle, and there are very low growing Yews. Some folks here have the Yew and it is very dark green, I like the contrast of the foliage type with other rounded shapes. It is not in itself rounded at all - but the contrast of shape could be interesting in your location. Often goes by the name Scott's Yew.


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

How about Winter Daphne? The one that is most available has some variegation on the leaves, which would be nice against the green leaves behind.

Or if you don't want shrubs, you could look at some evergreen ferns, or a combination of tiarella/heucheras - they are mostly evergreen here and form nice rounded clumps and you can get some fun leaf colors.


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RE: Alternative to indian hawthorne for shade?

if you are not ruling out azaleas entirely, the 'gumpo' azaleas in pink or white flowers are nice, compact, late-bloomers (june-july here). they rarely exceed 2' high x 3' wide, almost like a groundcover.
groundcovers would look good as a border for that bed.
sedums do well for me with a half day of sun. 'ogon' is one of my favorites (evergreen with bright yellow/gold foliage in spring) pairs well with 'blue spruce'. neither of these will exceed 4" in height.


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