USDA Hardiness Zone 5 shrubs generally prefer shady conditions. These plants are best if used for landscaping in front yard areas that do not see much direct sunlight or in the garden in a shady spot. If you reside in zone 5 and are looking for ideal shrubs to grow, you should learn about a few varieties so that you can more easily choose which to plant.
The brunnera Jack Frost is a beautiful, lower growing shrub that blooms tiny sky blue flowers during the growing season. Its rich green leaves are thought of as resembling cracked porcelain, which adds to its appeal. The Jack Frost can grow to about 12 to 18 inches tall and about 18 inches in width. It prefers a moist condition in soils that are acidic and contain a sand or loam mixture. Although they are generally slow growers, these shrubs will go yellow-gold in the fall, which makes them even more appealing to use for ornamental purposes.
The Heuchera "Plum Pudding," or coral bell, is absolutely stunning due to its shiny greenish purple leaves, which also have a somewhat metallic appearance. The shrub can grow to a height of about a foot and a width of between 18 and 24 inches. During the spring, you can expect to see beautiful maroon flowers blooming. With its wonderful, eye-catching appearance, the "Plum Pudding" is perfect for landscaping.
If you decide to plant a coral bell shrub, make sure to do so in a spot that receives full shade, with no more than just some morning sun. The soil bed should be kept slightly moist and acidic and can consist of sand or clay.
The hosta shrub sports amazing blue foliage and boasts white and lavender flowers during the blooming season in July and August. When you grow this wonderful plant, you can expect it to become as tall as 24 inches and grow to a width of between 32 and 36 inches. You should select a location where the hosta will receive full shade and a well-drained, moist soil.