Bushes in the shade

Bushes in the shade

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Question: Bushes for shady places

There are small perennial bushes - even rare or ancient - (maximum height 50 cm.) That bloom for a long time in the summer period in areas with cold winters (es.trentino) and that bear to be cultivated in the shade of a thick pergola? I would like to solve this problem, which seems quite insoluble. thank you in advance and best regards candida

Bushes in the shade: Answer: Bushes for shady places

Dear Candida,
We thank you for contacting us regarding the questions on the choice of bushes via the Expert's section of
It is undoubtedly difficult to advise you on plants that meet all your needs. However, we do offer some bushes that in addition to withstanding the low winter temperatures, they can also be grown in areas that are not very sunny:
- Berberis with evergreen leaves: all the species are very rustic and undemanding as far as the nature of the soil is concerned. To stay at a height of 50 cm, we can recommend Berberis buxifolia "Nana" or Berberis candidala "Nana", both with yellow flowers.
- Cotoneaster: it is an evergreen that does not make flowers, but fruits.
- Daboecia cantabriga (or Erica of Ireland): 30-40 cm high, with abundant flowering in bell-shaped clusters, from June to September. The flowers can be white, pink or red.
- Common heather: flowers from July to October. Flowers of different colors.
- Stimmi japonica: evergreen with shiny green leathery foliage. In May it blooms in long white panicles, followed by red berries that last from autumn until spring.
- Hypericum calcynum; 40 cm high, with low branches that adhere to the ground. Large flowers of 7 cm. from July to September.
With best regards