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Florida Gardening forum: Looking for a shrub in a fairly shady corner

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 18, 2012 7:46 PM CST
I have a corner in my yard that gets just an hour or two of morning sun and is in shade for the rest of the day. This is actually pretty rare for my yard since most of it gets lots of sunshine. I have room there for a good sized shrub, but it has to have blooms! It will be next to an old but still performing Gardenia, but eventually I think the new shrub will get that corner to itself.
Any ideas? I am in zone 10!
Name: Jan
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Budgielover
Jan 24, 2012 11:52 AM CST

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Hetty,
Like you, 90% of my yard is full sun or mostly sun with sporadic shade. At the moment, I can't think of anything that produces really showy blooms in full shade. Some gingers will bloom in shade.
Name: Norma Castlen
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ncastlen
Mar 20, 2012 10:15 AM CST
Have you found anything for your corner yet? We had a beautiful Camellia sasanqua in shade for years and it bloomed like crazy. I hated to leave it behind when we moved!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 20, 2012 10:42 AM CST
Thanks - we are just out of the zone for Camellia to be happy. I have an order in for a Portlandia grandiflora that will go there when I get it!
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Name: Jeremy Lucas
Jacksonville, FL
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JaxFlaGardener
Mar 22, 2012 3:35 PM CST
I'm totally infatuated with my Golden Cestrum (Cestrum aurantiacum). They would bloom year-round in your climate (already started flowring this year - see photo- and will continue to first freeze). I have them in both part sun and mostly shade. They do better with sun, but don't seem to mind the shade too much either. Orange Cestrum (Cestrum aurantiacum)

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 22, 2012 4:07 PM CST
It sounds like a nice shrub but likely to become very invasive in our climate. I think I must pass.... Shrug!

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Mangogirl
Apr 14, 2012 8:05 PM CST
How about Brunfelsia (Yesterday Today and Tomorrow)? I absolutely love mine. It is a show stopper when in bloom every March. It likes light shade. I have mine on the northeast corner of my house where it is in part sun/part shade.

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Good luck with your decision. Let us know what you get!

Carol
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 15, 2012 4:04 AM CST
I don't know why I didn't think of that. I have had several that have not performed well, but now have one that is outgrowing its shady place, I think I will move it to the new location. Thank you for the suggestion!

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Mangogirl
Apr 16, 2012 11:07 AM CST
Oh good! I hope it takes the move well!

Jeremy, the Golden Cestrum is beautiful. You have me interested in that one. I can see why you are smitten!

Carol
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fiwit
Apr 16, 2012 11:40 AM CST
Not that you need any more ideas, but Spicebush likes shade, and is a butterfly host. Not sure how far south it goes, though
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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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Budgielover
Apr 20, 2012 6:10 PM CST

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How about Firecracker (Russelia equisetiformis) plant ?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 20, 2012 6:14 PM CST
I had one there before, it got messy and out of hand so I removed it.

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Mangogirl
Apr 26, 2012 7:19 AM CST
Did you transplant your brunfelsia? How did it take it so far? I moved some babies from underneath my huge one to new spots in the yard. These were quite tiny and coming up from the roots. About 2/3 of them survived - which is plenty. Will give me just what I need. (I wasn't particularly gentle with the transplant.)

Carol
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator
Garden Sages Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Florida
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Dutchlady1
Apr 26, 2012 7:32 AM CST
I have JUST THIS MINUTE acquired a Clerodendrum wallachii which I will place there. Thanks for all the great suggestions.

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