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Need suggestions for z4 Shade Shrub/Bush

Posted by thisismelissa z4a-Twin Cities MN (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 16, 07 at 0:43

I really want to get a good foundation planting in the back corner of my hosta garden. Toward the middle of this pic, about 1/2 way from the back corner of the garden (see the grey wooden fence post?) to the front of the garden. I really need something with good substance on that mound.

The astilbe you see pictured there did not make it. 2 of those 3 are dead and the 3rd isn't looking good enough to stabilize that corner.

Can you suggest anything? It's fairly deep shade... dappled sun, at best. I would prefer fairly drought tolerant as I don't have irrigation in that area. The soil is a sandy loam, neutral-ish pH.

Also, I'd like to get a vine of some sort to grow on that rabbit fencing... will Virginia Creeper or Boston Ivy work?

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RE: Need suggestions for z4 Shade Shrub/Bush

Here's what you need:

Here is a link that might be useful: Best Full Shade Shrub (Bush)

RE: Need suggestions for z4 Shade Shrub/Bush

Virginia creeper can get huge & is very vigorous, you probably want something more manageable. I don't know anything about Boston Ivy. For a shrub, the Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus) is nice. I also like Cornus alternifolia, the native pagoda dogwood. It has a great winter outline & decent fall color.

RE: Need suggestions for z4 Shade Shrub/Bush

This suggestion works on the north side of my house and garage: rue, heuchera, digitalis, sword ferns, buddleia, hakone, wormwood. Enjoy. Good luck.

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