1. Baby Jade™ Boxwood
Name: Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Grejade’
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’
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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