• Shade Loving Shrubs

    July 26, 2021 | Information

    We’re not all lucky enough to have a garden that sits in full sun, but that doesn’t mean that your garden can’t be filled with gorgeous shrubs! Here’s our top picks of shade loving shrubs for a garden of any size, condition or style….

    Gorgeous Greens


    Euonymus can be easy to look after and provide an lovely way to vary the height and colour structure of your garden. The subtle flowers make for a beautiful display and can blossom in a range of colours including green, yellow or pink. 

    Euonymus japonicus 'Ovatus Aureus'
    Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' From
    Euonymus fortunei Emerald n Gold


    Oleaster ( Elaeagnus x ebbingei) is a tough evergreen hedging plant and shrub that will suit almost any garden type, making it one of our favourite shrubs! It has small but highly scented creamy white flowers in autumn followed by small orange fruits in spring, and so it's great for the birds, bees and butterflies!

    Oleaster 'Gilt Edge' (Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge')
    Oleaster ( Elaeagnus x ebbingei)
    Oleaster 'Limelight' (Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Limelight' )

    Yellows, Oranges and Reds


    Create an unusual look with Dogwood hedging. This hedging plant is one of our most popular shrubs for planting in shade as it succeeds very well in areas with little sunlight. It’s long stems create a flash of colour all-year round and also produced lovely little white flowers in the spring.

    Yellow Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera flaviramea)
    Orange Dogwood (Cornus Sanguinea)
    Vivid Red Dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’)

    Photinia Red Robin

    Photinia Red Robin is a fabulous shrub that is perfect for creating a focal point in your garden. As hedging, a topiary standard or a standalone hedge, Photinia’s wonderful red and green foliage is a colourful addition to any garden. Photinia is slow growing and is also suitable for semi-shaded areas, making it easy to grow and maintain.

    Berberis Stenophylla

    Berberis is a gorgeous shrub that is wonderful for wildlife! In the spring, Berberis boasts lovely fragrant yellow flowers for the bees and butterflies. In the autumn, the stems are plentiful with berries which are a great food source for the birds. This prickly shrub grows best in shaded conditions and is a fairly fast growing, making it a great choice for an intruder proof hedge.

    Delicate Whites

    Wild Cherry

    Wild Cherry (Prunus Avium) has a long-lasting flowering period that comes to life in spring. The foliage of Wild Cherry is bright green with oval shaped leaves. The long-lasting flowers appear from red buds and are held in long drooping clusters, like cotton wool.

    Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price'

    Viburnum Tinus is a gorgeous shrub to have in the garden all year round. It’s dense dark green foliage and midnight-coloured berries attract and support wildlife in the spring and summer. Whilst in the winter, this shrub produces a flurry of white scented flowers. Viburnum Tinus succeeds well in full or partial shade and can also tolerate windy, exposed sites and coastal locations.

    Pretty Pinks

    Skimmia Rubella

    This is a perfect ornamental shrub that grows well partial or full shade, Skimmia Rubella will create interest in your garden throughout every season. It has long, dark green leaves that in the winter are accompanied by clusters of small red buds. Whilst in the summer, Skimmia Rubella blooms masses of ivory flowers on vibrant pink stems.

    Rosa Rugosa 

    A fabulous summer flowering hedge, Rosa Rugosa is a fast-growing rose variety that is great for covering a larger area. It has beautifully scented, large pink flowers from June to September which will attract the bees and butterflies to your garden. This hedge has an informal look and can grow up to 2 metres in height.

    Do you need a little more advice on choosing the perfect shrub? No worries! Speak to a member of our team here. 

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