looking for some shrubs that can take some shade and grow to 3 to 5 feet tall with some color
That would depend on which zone 8A--Penscaola, FL or Astoria, Oregon? Or? Need to know your temp extremes to offer suggestions that would work for you. Summers between Pensacola and Astoria are hugely different.
Abelia is one of my favorites for shade or partial shade. The flowers are tiny, and the deep pink blooms of the cultivar I have is really beautiful next to the deep maroon of the foliage. Mine seems to need a little more Sun, here in the mountain~desert, full Sun means something entirely different. It has taken me a long time to find the shrubs and, well, everything that grows well here. And in every different part of my hilly landscape. Of coarse, learning is what makes gardening so very interesting for me. Some of the learning was and is hard to take, though, as in all things important. How does that quote go?~"Anything worth having requires sacrifice" So many gardeners just move plants, I rarely am able to "JUST " do anything out there. I don't like moving shrubs in particular, and even though I do everything I have read and heard to do, and my natural garden instincts tell me to do, I lost a "Rio Samba" Rose last Summer from moving it out of the full sun that literally was frying the blooms which are incredibly beautiful and fragrant on that Rose. It would have to for me to even keep a hybrid tea Rose, as they are time~prohibitive for me. Thankfully, I have one left where they were originally planted. Since they are edible, I am going to collect for tea and other food related uses. They look so cool with deserts, and when I go to make lavender butter, I think I will add a little! I will figure out a way to keep it cool, maybe an umbrella. I've seen them used beautifully for that purpose. Kind of a long answer for a one sentence question, huh? Good Gardening, Marian
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