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Shrubs That Can Grow in Partial Sun & Partial Shade

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Use shrubs in a landscape to soften the foundation line of your house, to create landscape islands in large lawn or to create a privacy or property line hedge. The shrub can be evergreen to provide year-round interest or deciduous, losing its leaves in the fall. Look on the shrub's nursery label for sun exposure range when choosing which type of shrub to plant in your yard.

Shorter than 3 Feet

The white, fragrant blooms of the deciduous Dwarf Fothergilla shrub are shaped like a bottle brush. Dwarf Fothergilla grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 5 to 8. Azaleas, which may be evergreen or deciduous, have spring blooms in white, pink, rose, salmon or yellow that cover the shrub. Azalea grows in USDA zones 5 to 9. Little-leaf Cotoneaster is a drought-tolerant evergreen that produces small white flowers in the spring. Little-leaf Cotoneater grows in USDA zones 5 to 7.

Four to 6 Feet High

Hydrangea and spirea are deciduous shrubs, each blooming on the previous year’s new growth. Hydrangea, suitable for USDA zones 6 to 9, produces large pink, white or blue blooms through the summer. Spirea, suitable for USDA zones 4 to 7, produces white blooms in early spring. Evergreen options are boxwood and showy jasmine. Boxwood, which is slow-growing and capable of surviving winters as far north as USDA zone 4, can be used as a hedge or as a foundation shrub. Showy jasmine produces yellow blooms from spring to fall, growing in USDA zones 8 to 11.

Up to 12 Feet High

Bayberry is an evergreen that produces grayish colored berries. Its leaves emit a pleasant scent when crushed. Bayberry grows in USDA zones 4 to 6. American Filbert, a deciduous shrub, produces yellow blooms followed by edible nuts. American Filbert grows in USDA zones 3 to 8 Burning bush, a deciduous shrub, thrives in USDA zones 4 to 8. It produces red fruit and gets its name from the brilliant red color of its leaves in fall.

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