8 Top Shrubs for Shade That Flourish Without Much Sun


An easy-to-grow shrub with fragrant bell-shaped flowers from late spring to fall for foundation beds and mixed borders. Its lustrous green foliage turn purple-bronze or orange in fall.


A slow-growing evergreen shrub, gold dust plant thrives in low-maintenance shade borders and has year-round yellow-speckled foliage that adds color and texture, especially in winter.


Enjoy spring with these colorful shrubs that thrive in part to full shade in rich, acidic soil. Some newer types bloom again in fall, lasting decades in southeastern gardens.

Bigleaf Hydrangea

With broad green foliage and large flowers in white, pink, or blue, bigleaf hydrangeas are ideal for part to full shade areas. They need protection from hot afternoon sun to prevent leaf burn.

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Native to the southern U.S., this shrub attracts butterflies with its wands of white summer flowers. It grows up to 12 feet tall and serves as an effective screen in garden landscapes.


Known as the queens of the winter garden, camellias bloom in shades of red, pink, and white from fall to late spring. Their dense branching and shiny green leaves make them attractive even when not in bloom.


This shrub thrives in part to full shade and tolerates dry and damp soils, blooming bright yellow in April and May. Underground suckers can spread it, so check local laws.


Leucothoe grows pest-free and has reddish bronze leaves that turn dark green or burgundy in winter. In late spring and early summer, its white or cream flower clusters hang from branches.