Zone: 5 – 8
Bloom Time: Early spring
Height: 3′ to 10′ (depending on the variety)
Pieris Japonica is the first bush on our list of shade loving shrubs. It is a shade tolerant evergreen with leaves that start out red, then change to pink and cream before becoming lime green.
It likes acidic sandy soil which is characteristic of many of the shrubs that grow well in shade. When sited with rhododendrons, azaleas and yews, the chartreuse colored leaves add contrast and interest to your garden all year.
In early spring, the stems are crowned with whitish star-shaped clusters.