Design: Front of House - Shade

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Revamp the shady front space of your house with a selection of shade-loving perennials such as Hosta and Japanese forest grass. Use plants that offer a variety of textures and foliage colors. Introduce small shrubs to the space, like Itea (sweetspire) or a compact Mugho Pine for year-round interest. Finish the space using a medium-sized shrub such as a mophead hydrangea and a larger option like a viburnum for depth and structure.

Ensure thriving growth with Earl May Plant Start, fortified soil using Structure Soil Conditioner, and enriched planting conditions with Organic Planting Mix.


  • Coral Bells
  • Japanese Forest Grass
  • Brunnera
  • Hosta

Small Shrub 1

  • Mophead Hydrangea
  • Itea (Sweetspire)
  • Clethra

Small Shrub 2

  • Dwarf Conifer
  • Compact Mugho Pine
  • Globe Arborvitae
  • Dwarf Weigela

Medium Shrub

  • Yew
  • Boxwood
  • Mophead Hydrangea

Large Shrub

  • Fineline Buckthorn
  • Dogwood
  • Viburnum
  • Pyramidal Arborvitae

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