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

Posted by lynnmariep86 8 DFW (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 27, 14 at 20:52

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

I love American Beautyberry.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Oak leaf hydrangia. Beautiful blossoms.


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

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!


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