10 to 15 feet

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    Dodecatheon meadia

    The delicate nodding blooms of white-to-pink petals seem to fly upward and away from the pointed red and yellow flower center, resembling a shooting star.

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    Chinese lilac

    Syringa × chinensis

    This fragrant hybrid ( S.

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    Japanese camellia

    Camellia japonica

    Japanese camellias shine in winter, with their glossy, deep green leaves and brilliant symmetry.

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    ‘Black Knight’ butterfly bush

    Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’

    Butterfly bushes are carefree deciduous shrubs that are reliably fragrant and easy to grow.

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    Red tip

    Photinia  ×  fraseri

    This is an upright evergreen shrub with lance-shaped leaves.

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    ‘Superba’ littleleaf lilac

    Syringa pubescens ssp. microphylla 'Superba'

    This fragrant cultivar bears single rose-pink flowers in midseason, which often rebloom in late summer or autumn.

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    Golden full moon maple

    Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’

    If your shade garden needs a focal point, consider this small, rounded Japanese maple, with its lime-to-chartreuse-tinged golden leaves.

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    Common witch hazel

    Hamamelis virginiana

    The native common witch hazel is an understory plant that becomes leggy if it has to reach for light, but in the open, it develops into a graceful, spreading shrub…

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    Northern bayberry

    Myrica pensylvanica

    This North American coastal native exhibits quiet beauty and an easy-going habit.

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    ‘Splendens’ bottlebrush

    Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

    This low-care, evergreen shrub to 10-15 feet tall and wide produces large, bright red bottlebrush flowers from spring through summer followed by woody seedpods.