Northern Lights Azalea grows well in the shade
Northern Lights Azalea

Zone: 4 – 9
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 3′ to 6′ (depending on the variety)

Azaleas are members of the Rhododendron family and have the same acidic soil and protected growth requirements. And also make the list as one of the best shrubs for shade.

The difference is that azaleas are generally smaller plants and can be either deciduous or evergreen bushes.

Mandarin Lights Orange Deciduous Azalea

The Northern Lights series* is tough, no care and a particular favorite of mine.

Their blossoms precede their leaves in spring and are a joy to behold.

Buy the Northern Lights series Azaleas HERE.*

Pink Encore Azalea

The Encore series* is evergreen and not as hardy, but blooms a second time in the fall.

They are available in a wide range of colors.
Buy Encore Azaleas HERE.*

Rhododendron 'Bollywood' with variegated leaves and pink flowers

There is even an evergreen variety that has variegated leaves (which you can find HERE*.)

In my opinion, no spring garden should be without this bright, glorious, shade loving flowering shrub.


Learn more about growing Azaleas HERE.

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