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Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 188

1. Baby Jade™ Boxwood

Name: Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Grejade’

Zones: 5–9

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil

Native range: Japan

Baby Jade™ is not your average boxwood. Its cool, jade green color, the upright growth habit of its branches, and its natural small size have made it a favorite evergreen for shade gardens. This variety has good heat tolerance and a moderate growth rate, making it versatile as a foundation planting under a window or when layering plants in a larger bed. I’m partial to the way colorful shade perennials and annuals pop in front of the dark green background of Baby Jade™.


2. Mountain Snow™ Andromeda

Name: Pieris japonica ‘Planow’

Zones: 4–8

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; well-drained soil

Native range: Japan, Taiwan, eastern China

Mountain Snow™ andromeda impresses in spring with new growth that…

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