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Old 02-16-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Hi all - I have a stretch of land on a hill facing north that is close to 100% shade. There is minimal morning sun, but then it is shaded all day afterwards. I was hoping to plant some flowering perenniel shrubs here, for which my old standbys are azaleas and knock out roses, however, the latter obviously would not do well. I have some azaleas in shaded areas of my yard, but wasn't sure if they would do well in this area, the most densely shaded of my entire lot. Any thoughts? As mentioned in my subject, I live in Georgia, so not sure if that would matter. Most everything I read says "part shade" for azaleas, but curious how MUCH shade they can tolerate. Thanks!
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have 4 azaleas in my yard (also in GA) which are shaded by some taller bushes, and they have not bloomed in 2 years. This year, if they don't they are getting removed.
Why not ask a local nursery if there are some which need less sun than others?
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I think it may depend on whether or not you have deciduous native azaleas or the evergreen Japanese cultivars. I understand native azaleas can even stand full sun, and won't generally thrive in shade. I think evergreen azaleas may be a better bet for shade especially if you get morning sun.

If you want to stay in the azalea-ish family, you may like to try rhododendrons. These appear to grow slowly, so I would suggest buying a larger plant. Rhododendrons up here in MD do pretty well in almost full shade.

If you are willing to get a little creative, you may like a native clethra alnifolia. It is a deciduous shrub that enjoys a little moisture and flowers in shade. Supposedly it smells good, but I would describe the smell as slight. You can buy cultivars with pink or white flowers.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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Hi all - I have a stretch of land on a hill facing north that is close to 100% shade. There is minimal morning sun, but then it is shaded all day afterwards. I was hoping to plant some flowering perenniel shrubs here, for which my old standbys are azaleas and knock out roses, however, the latter obviously would not do well. I have some azaleas in shaded areas of my yard, but wasn't sure if they would do well in this area, the most densely shaded of my entire lot. Any thoughts? As mentioned in my subject, I live in Georgia, so not sure if that would matter. Most everything I read says "part shade" for azaleas, but curious how MUCH shade they can tolerate. Thanks!
Have you considered a native azalea?

Azalea | Callaway Gardens (http://blog.callawaygardens.com/tag/azalea/ - broken link)

Is a little tree trimming to let in dappled light an option?
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have lots of indica azaleas that do fine in shade, 'Pride of Mobile', 'GG Gerbing', 'George Tabor', 'Formosa', etc...

Consider some other southern woodland natives too, like Oakleaf Hydrangea, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Red Buckeye, and Mountain Laurel.

Try going to MailOrderNatives' website and check out their list of native azaleas, I'm sure there's some that'll work for you.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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A discussion here

evergreen azaleas for shade - Georgia Gardener Forum - GardenWeb
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Thanks guys - I think I am going to go with a mix of native azaleas and hydrangeas and see how that does. Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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do you have to contend with deer? I have lost just about everything to deer and it is very frustrating.
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