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Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 188

1. ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ Mock Orange

Name: Philadelphus × virginalis ‘Minnesota Snowflake’

Zones: 4–8

Size: 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide

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

Native range: Asia

The fragrance is the first thing that captivates your senses with this shrub. In early summer, ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ sports clusters of double white pompoms that spice the air for weeks with sweet tropical notes. Beyond the perfume, this shrub dons a tight dress of foliage upon an upright, multistemmed frame, making it well suited for screening purposes. This plant blooms on old wood, so only prune immediately after flowering to avoid inadvertently removing next year’s flowers.


2. ‘Little Honey’ Oakleaf Hydrangea

Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’

Zones: 5–9

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; moist soil

Native range: Southern United States

Oakleaf hydrangeas were never high on my list of landscape plants—until a mature specimen of ‘Little Honey’ changed…

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