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Summersweet We like summersweet because it blooms in shady spots. We also love that its pink or white flowers have a wonderful fragrance. Add its golden fall leaf color and you have an ideal shrub. Note: Look for cultivars, such as 'Ruby Spice', that offer an extra-long bloom season. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist soil Size: To 5 feet tall Zones: 3-9

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The Best Perennials for Shade

Monkshood (aconitum) for my shade garden--it blooms in the fall and for a long time. It gets pretty tall and is striking. And poisonous:)

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Create an Easy-Care Shrub Garden

Easy Shrubs

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The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Rock Rose

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The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Butterfly Bush

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Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Potentilla

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Reblooming Beauties for the Garden

Bloomerang- reblooming lilac from midsummer to fall

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Easy Groundcovers

Sweet Woodruff is the perfect groundcover for adding fragrance to your backyard. When the leaves are crushed they smell like freshly mown hay. This is one plant that isn't prone to invasiveness and tends to form well-mannered clumps.Name: Galium odoratumGrowing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soilSize: To 12 inches tallZones: 4-8

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The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Reblooming Hydrangea - plant near pear/lilac

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The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Smoke Bush. Have always seen these & though how pretty they are.....

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New Trees and Shrubs for 2013

Tuff Stuff hydrangea is a vigorous reblooming flower that will last in your garden right up until frost. More trees and shrubs: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/trees-shrubs-vines/trees/new-tree-shrub-varieties/?socsrc=bhgpin072413tuffstuff=4

Butterfly Blue Scabiosa Butterflies simply love them! This terrific plant starts blooming by early summer and continues blooming until mid fall. Deadheading will ensure continued blooming. An excellent choice for mass planting, edging borders, containers and rock gardens. Product Information: Light: Full sun to partial shade Height: 12-15" Deer Resistant Bloom Time: Summer Size: Potted Zones: 3 to 9

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How to Care for and Choose Hydrangeas

'Limelight' Hydrangea is unique because its cone-shape flowers open a lovely shade of chartreuse then fade to rich pink in fall. It's a vigorous shrub that's great for informal hedges, as well as a top-notch cut flower. They grow up to 8 ft tall, can grow in full sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil. Beautiful!

Azalea Bushes- I live in Texas, therefore, I grow Azaleas! They are so pretty in bloom, then are a nice shaped evergreen bush the rest of the year, they are non-fragrant, but their pretty blooms make up for that! (If you want long lasting blooms, plant out of the hot afternoon sun!) mine do best in mostly shade on the back-side of my house.

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Top Shade-Loving Annuals

Fuchsia Bring elegance to your garden with fuchsias. These graceful plants bear gorgeous pendulous flowers, making them ideal for hanging baskets. The petal-filled blooms appear in a number of shades of red, pink, and purple, and some selections offer variegated foliage. So enjoy these beautiful flowers -- and the hummingbirds they invariably attract.

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Shrubs for Shady Spots

These low-maintenance, low-light shrubs add beautiful color to your yard with little work! We've included a variety of shrubs to fit your climate and growing conditions. Most importantly, they grow well in shade for great privacy and a colorful accent to your home!

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The Best Fragrant Flowers for Your Garden

Lilac Lilacs are among the most recognizable spring flowering shrubs. If you miss their large cone-shaped flower trusses, you can't avoid their intense fragrance. Lilacs are durable and able to put up with most any growing conditions except shade.

easy plants to propagate from cuttings - hydrangeas, japanese maples, lilac, magnolias, serviceberries, smoke tree, summersweet, viburnums

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The Best Perennials for Shade

Astilbe Enjoy the feathery plumes of Astilbe in early summer. This tough perennial blooms in shades of burgundy, red, pink, lavender, and white. In addition to the attractive flowers, it has finely cut foliage, which in many varieties is flushed with bronze. Astilbe grows best in Zones 4-8 and can reach up to 4 feet tall, depending on variety.