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.
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.