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Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 188

1. ‘Haas’ Halo’ Smooth Hydrangea

Name: Hydrangea arborescens ‘Haas’ Halo’

Zones: 3–9

Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist to dry, well-drained soil

Native range: Eastern United States

While you will certainly get titanic proportions from this heavyweight in full sun, ‘Haas’ Halo’ is as versatile and adaptable as you would expect anything from this species to be. The flower heads, up to 14 inches across, are a midsummer spectacle over the top of handsome, blue-green foliage. In spite of the weight they support, the flower stems resist flopping, remaining rigidly upright through fall and winter. Consider this for a contemporary foundation planting on the shady side of the house.

 

2. Kodiak® Orange Diervilla

Name: Diervilla × ‘G2X88544’

Zones: 4–7

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; medium to dry, well-drained soil

Native range: Woodland edges of eastern North America

Durable and native,…

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