5 Best Shrubs for Shady Gardens

Having a shady garden does not mean you can’t grow colorful shrubs. Plenty of shrubs can endure long hours of shade during the day and still bloom. Such plants are the best solution for your dark garden and corner areas of your landscape. And the best part of it all is they are easy to grow and maintain. Here are 5 of the best shade-loving shrubs for any yard.


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Honeysuckles are fragrant shrubs that grow to about 8 feet tall. You can plant them in any dark corner of your garden, but they’re perfect for planting along fences and walls. They also work well on their own and in the middle of gardens. You can also grow them as climbers but, they will need support.  

Honeysuckles produce clusters of tubular flowers in early summer. The florets come in: red and yellow, pink and white, and purple. These fragrant flowers attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds all season long.

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

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This is a beautiful, evergreen shrub that is native to North America. It takes about 10 years for this shrub to reach maturity, so it’s not something you should rush into growing. But when it matures, it reaches heights between 8 and 12 feet with beautiful flowers. Its flowers have a light violet color during the spring months. 

This shrub will grow well in moist soil and require partial shade while young. Mountain laurel requires very little pruning when growing — just cut out dead stems in the fall.


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Camellia is one of the most popular flowering shrub varieties available today. Many people prefer them as houseplants; however, they also make excellent additions to your shady garden. This shrub bears glossy green leaves that produce fragrant white or pink flowers in mid-fall to early winter. Camellias will grow healthy when you pant them under tall trees. 

Camellias are easy-care plants with moderate watering requirements. Trimming their lower branches will encourage upward growth. Prune them after they bloom.


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Begonias are probably the best-known shade-loving shrub. They’re available in different colors and sizes; they can be short, tall, or even climbing. Most begonias prefer shade; keep them away from direct sunlight. The begonia’s thick, waxy leaves make it easy to grow in shady conditions where water has trouble draining away from the plant’s roots.

They produce flowers that come in a huge variety of colors, including reds, whites, pinks, oranges, and even purples. Most begonia varieties are cold-hardy to an extent, making them an excellent addition to any shady garden.


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Rhododendrons are excellent flowering shrubs for brightening up any shady yard. They are popular because of their colorful foliage and showy flowers that range from white to pink and purple. Rhododendrons come in many varieties with different flower colors and leaf sizes. So no matter your taste, you can find a rhododendron that suits your needs. 

Different varieties of rhododendrons prefer different shade intensities; those belonging to The P.J.M group, in particular, are shade bloomers. Such types are evergreen, and they can grow to about 6 inches. They produce lavender, rose, or pink flowers that bloom in clusters in April.


Rev up that shady garden or dark corners of your garden by growing any of the colorful shrubs above. Before settling for any of them, decide on the flowering you expect in your shady garden. Subscribe to our blog today for more gardening tips!

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