Can you recommend any low growing shrubs that will tolerate shade and preferably flower and attract birds?
I am looking for several fairly low growing shrubs that will tolerate shade and preferably flower and attract birds. I want to separate my planned shade garden from my shady wilderness.
I would suggest going with a Viburnum for your site, especially if you are interested in attracting birds and other wildlife. Maple-leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) is a versatile plant that can tolerate moist to dry conditions and thrives in the shade, it gets to be about 3-6’ in height.
Here are some other options:
- Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides): 3-10’, moist
- Wild-raisin (Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides): 6-12’, wet to moderately dry
- Rhodora (Rhododendron canadense): 3-4’, wet/moist
- Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera): 3-4’, medium dry
You can find more plant lists in our Plants for the Maine Landscape chapter of our Maine Master Gardener Volunteer Manual.