Shade Loving Shrubs in Maryland
What deep shade loving shrubs grow best in Maryland? Specifically. in the Catonsville area.
Baltimore County Maryland
Native Maryland shrubs that handle full shade, meaning less than 3 hours of sun or filtered sunlight a day include: summersweet, blueberry, hydrangea arborescens, pinxterbloom azalea (fragrant), rosebay rhododendron, spicebush, mountain laurel, Virginia sweetspire and winterberry.
There is a terrific book, online, that has info on all these and many others in an easy-to-search format with photos. It's titled, "Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed."
Some non-native plants include Asian azaleas and rhododendrons, aucuba, many hollies and yew. Avoid barberry, as it is getting into the parks and increasing the Lyme-disease tick problem.