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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
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Containers
You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
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Installation
InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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HEDGES FOR SHADE

Hedges for Shade

“I need a privacy hedge but my yard gets a lot of shade. Is there anything I can grow? Hedges that grow in shade!

I’m desperate!”

Sound familiar? This is a very common question, so you are not alone.

Shady locations can present some unique challenges. Some sites are very dry, while others can be nice and moist. Sometimes a hedge is desired to stretch through both full sun areas and full shade areas, and you need something that can do both seamlessly.

There are plenty of great hedges for shade best for shady locations. The partial shade has a few more to choose from, but some will tolerate deep shade. Here are our top five favorite hedges for shade:

5. Schip laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’)

hedges for shade. Skip laurel is one of the best shrubs for shade.

Cherry laurels typically require a lot of sun, but Schip laurel can take partial shade as well. Its glossy, broad, evergreen leaves create a lush look in a shady spot. It is also drought-tolerant, making it perfect for dry shade. If you have a partially shaded property line and looking get a privacy (green all year) then cherry laurel is a great privacy trees that grow in shade. It is a fast, upright grower that quickly creates a tall, dense privacy screen.

Evergreen | Full Sun to Partial Shade | USDA Zones 6-9

Evergreen

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • USDA Zones 6-9
  • Deer Resistant
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4. Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’)

hedging plants for shade. Firethorn varieties are great fast growing evergreen shrubs for shade.

For some bright winter color in shady garden areas, Teton Firethorn gives a spectacular show. It will produce more berries with more sun, but still has a wonderful orange berry display from fall through later winter in partial shade. It is covered in small, white flowers in late spring. Bee and bird friendly! Planning to get hedges for shade which is wildlife friendly? Teton firethorn is well considered.

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade (prefers some afternoon sun)
  • USDA Zones 6-9
  • Deer Resistant
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3. Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja x ‘Green Giant’) & Virescens Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’)

hedges for shade. Makes one of the best tall shrubs for shade

Yes, these are two separate plants but they can be grouped together since they are related. Green Giant is a hybrid with Western Red Cedar as one of the parents. Virescens is an upright-growing variety of Western Red Cedar. Both are fast-growing (Green Giant especially) and tolerate quite a lot of shade. Both have a nice, feathery texture and grow well in a moist but well-draining soil. Going for such separate privacy shrubs for shade creates good screening as well. Green giant is one of the best evergreens that grow in shade.

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2. European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

best hedges for shade

European beech is a beautiful choice as hedging plant for shade. With lush, green foliage in summer, nice fall color, and a unique copper look in winter, it gives seasonal interest while tolerating full sun to full shade. It prefers a dry or moist shade but does not like waterlogged or poorly-draining soil. European Beech can be considered as one of the best plants that grow in shade.

Deciduous

  • Full Sun to Full Shade
  • USDA Zones 5-8
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1. Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’)

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Hicks Yew is without a doubt is one of the top hedging plants choice for deep shade conditions. It is extremely versatile and can be grown in full sun, partial shade, or full shade. Its dark green needles and bright red berries provide beautiful color and contract in shady spots. Yew shrub hedge for shade performs beautifully in shady location.

It responds well to shearing and is just as well suited to an old-fashioned cottage garden as it is to a modern or contemporary setting. It does well in dry or moist shade but does not tolerate poorly-draining soil.

Evergreen

  • Full Sun to Full Shade
  • USDA Zones 5-8
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By brent | May 28th, 2019 | Plant Spotlights

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