Partial-Shade Landscape Shrubs

There's no need to fret if you garden is located in a partially-shaded area. Brighten the shaded areas of the landscape using partial-shade-loving shrubs. Partial-shade shrubs prefer a dappling of sunlight, and are ideal to plant along the side of the home or in a shade garden for color and texture. Many shade-loving shrubs produce colorful blooms throughout the year and are ideal for adding burst of color to your landscape.

White Forsythia

White forsythia is a deciduous shrub that grows in partial shade and well-drained soils. The maximum size of the white forsythia is 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The arching, multi-stemmed branches produce white to light pink flowers that emerge every spring. White forsythia has slow-to-moderate growth and a hardiness zone of 5 to 8. The leaves are green and range from 2 to 3 inches long. Beginning in the fall, they deepen to a purplish color.

Japanese Barberry

Japanese barberry is a deciduous shrub with a moderate growth rate. This drought-tolerant shrub has a hardiness zone of 5 to 8 and requires partial shade. The Japanese barberry tolerates a range of soil types, making it a diverse landscape shrub. The rounded shrub grows up to 6 feet tall and 7 feet wide. The pale yellow flowers emerge in the spring and are located under the bright green foliage. Beginning in the fall, red berries ripen and the green leaves turn bright red. These hardy shrubs are easy to transplant and use as a hedgerow or along the side of the home.


Partial-shade loving with a hardiness zone of 5 to 8, the boxwood shrub is a stunning drought-tolerant shrub. This evergreen has a hardiness zone of 5 to 8 and prefers moist, well-drained soil. The boxwood grows up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide with dense, rounded foliage. The dark green leaves are narrow and grow up to 1 inch long. In the spring, the fragrant yellow flowers emerge to light up the bush. During the fall, the leaves turn an orange-green and add fiery color to the lanscape. Boxwoods are ideal for creating a makeshift windbreak along the side of the house, or to use as a privacy fence.

Winter Jasmine

This deciduous shrub has a hardiness zone of 6 to 10 and prefers partial shade. The growth rate is rapid, and the shrub grows up to 4 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Winter jasmine prefers well-drained soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including clay and sand. The broad-spreading stems are fine and produce yellow flowers that begin in the winter and last into spring. The emerald green foliage is stunning in a winter landscape. Winter jasmine is also drought tolerant, making this an ideal shrub to grow in arid climates.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.