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Shrubs for Moist Soil or Shade

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Where water may stand for any length of time, drainage should be provided by grading for runoff or digging in soil amendments. You may, however, still be left with a generally moist soil. Some shrubs will not only tolerate moist conditions better than others, but some thirsty shrubs may also "soak up" some of that moisture.

     American Cranberrybush - Viburnum trilobum

     Compact American Cranberrybush - Viburnum t. 'Compacta"

     Nannyberry - Viburnum lentago

     Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood - Cornus sericea 'Bailey"

     Ivory Halo Dogwood - Cornus alba Bail Halo

     Cardinal Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Cardinal'

     Yellowtwig Dogwood - Cornus x. 'Flaviramea'

     Isanti dogwood - Cornus s. 'Isanti'

     Kelsey Dogwood - Cornus x. 'Kelsey'

     Pussy Willow - Salix caprea

     Dwarf Blue Leaf Willow - Salix purpurea 'Nana'

     White Snowberry - Symphoricarpus albus

  • These shrubs will tolerate generally shady areas with limited sun exposure. Most shady areas are also dry, but if your site is moist, you will also find many of these shrubs also listed above in Shrubs for Moist Soil.
  • A Shady Sanctuary made Private with Shrubs
  • Alpine Current - Ribes alpinum

    Coralberry or Red Indiancurrant - Symphoricarpus orbiculatus

    Pagoda Dogwood - Cornus alternifolia

    Gray Dogwood - Cornus racemosa

    Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood - Cornus sericea 'Bailey'

    Cardinal Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Cardinal'

    Yellow Twig Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Flaviramea'

    Isanti Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Isanti'

    Red Berried Elder - Sambucus pubens

    Bush Honeysuckle - Diervilla lonicera

    Hills of Snow Hydrangea - Hydrangea arborescens 'Grandiflora'

    Annabelle Hydrangea - Hydrange a. 'Annabelle'

    Juneberry - Amelanchier canadensis

    Snowberry - Symphoricarpus albus

    Ash Leaf Spirea - Sorbaria sorbifolia

    Arrowwood - Viburnum dentatum

    Mohican Viburnum - Viburnum l. 'Mohican'

    Nannyberry - Viburnum lentago

    American Cranberrybush - Viburnum trilobum

    Compact American Cranberrybush - Viburnum t. 'Compactum'

    Common Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana

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