Bush for shade

Asked July 30, 2016, 10:57 AM EDT

I live in St. Louis area - Summer's hot but winters are mild. Is there a bush that will bloom in shade? Thinking 4-5 ft tall. Would like pink or white blooms. we had a crepe myrtle in the spot for years but because of neighbors tree growth bush does not get any sun now so no blooms. Thank toy for any help you can give me. Jan

St. Louis County Missouri shade plants bushes

1 Response

Hi Jan,
For really dense shade there are not many options, but here are a few:
Bottlebrush buckeye: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=281048
Bigleaf hydrangea
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=265518
Rhododendrons and azaleas are another good possibility for you, but it would be wise to have your soil tested first to see if the pH is appropriate for these plants. There is info about soil testing on this page:
http://extension.missouri.edu/stlouis/gardening.aspx