Top 10 Shrubs for Shade: Oakleaf Hydrangea The white blooms on this 4- to 6-foot shrub change to a purplish-pink in late summer. Then the leaves take over and put on a spectacular fall show in shades of red, orange, brown and purple. Why we love it: It combines the pretty blooms of a hydrangea and the distinctive leaf shape of an oak tree. Even if you don’t get consistent blooms, the foliage is definitely worthwhile.
Camellia Japonica - You can grow camellias in the sun but they prefer light shade. Like the azalea, they insist on an acid soil and they need plenty of water. These aren't suitable to grow in dry places at all. Flowers vary from pure white to dark red with all shades in between.
Welcome spring with a flourish of colorful azalea blooms. These pretty shrubs open flowers in a host of hues, including gold, pink, orange and white. Most azaleas prefer partial shade—the filtered, dappled light beneath mature trees is ideal. Remove lower limbs on trees to increase the amount of sunlight peeking through. Winter hardiness varies by species and variety, but can cover Zones 4 to 9. Check the tag of the plant you’re buying to be sure it will survive in your garden.