Shade shrubs can create an oasis of lush, cooling greenery in your landscape. There are several things to consider when selecting shade shrubs which can help gardeners narrow down their choices quickly and choose the most appropriate shrubs for their needs. Most nurseries and garden stores have very helpful staffers who are always happy to provide advice and recommendations to customers who are having trouble. One important thing to consider is the needs of the garden. A shade shrub should mesh well with the existing landscaping, and people should think about whether they want an evergreen or deciduous shrub, whether or not they want a flowering shrub, and what color foliage they would prefer. They may want to think about surrounding plantings as well as garden features such as walls, walkways, and pools when thinking about how the shade shrub will look once it is planted.
Size is another important thing to consider. Shade shrubs can vary considerably in size, from a tall scraggly shrub to a short, compact one. When selecting a shrub, people should think about how the shrub will grow, and what sort of look they want. A shrub which takes well to trimming and grows in a compact, even way may be a good choice for a carefully manicured garden, while a tall, slightly wild shrub might be better for a casual or informal garden.