Specific shrubs should be chosen for moist soil or shade environments

Where water may stand for any length of time, drainage should be provided by grading for runoff or digging in soil amendments. You may, however, still be left with a generally moist soil. Some shrubs will not only tolerate moist conditions better than others, but some thirsty shrubs may also "soak up" some of that moisture.

  •  American Cranberrybush - Viburnum trilobum
  •  Compact American Cranberrybush - Viburnum t. 'Compacta"
  •  Nannyberry - Viburnum lentago
  •  Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood - Cornus sericea 'Bailey"
  •  Ivory Halo Dogwood - Cornus alba Bail Halo
  •  Cardinal Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Cardinal'
  •  Yellowtwig Dogwood - Cornus x. 'Flaviramea'
  •  Isanti dogwood - Cornus s. 'Isanti'
  •  Kelsey Dogwood - Cornus x. 'Kelsey'
  •  Pussy Willow - Salix caprea
  •  Dwarf Blue Leaf Willow - Salix purpurea 'Nana'
  •  White Snowberry - Symphoricarpus albus

These shrubs will tolerate generally shady areas with limited sun exposure. Most shady areas are also dry, but if your site is moist, you will also find many of these shrubs also listed above in Shrubs for Moist Soil.

  • Alpine Current - Ribes alpinum
  • Coralberry or Red Indiancurrant - Symphoricarpus orbiculatus
  • Pagoda Dogwood - Cornus alternifolia
  • Gray Dogwood - Cornus racemosa
  • Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood - Cornus sericea 'Bailey'
  • Cardinal Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Cardinal'
  • Yellow Twig Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Flaviramea'
  • Isanti Dogwood - Cornus s. 'Isanti'
  • Red Berried Elder - Sambucus pubens
  • Bush Honeysuckle - Diervilla lonicera
  • Hills of Snow Hydrangea - Hydrangea arborescens 'Grandiflora'
  • Annabelle Hydrangea - Hydrange a. 'Annabelle'
  • Juneberry - Amelanchier canadensis
  • Snowberry - Symphoricarpus albus
  • Ash Leaf Spirea - Sorbaria sorbifolia
  • Arrowwood - Viburnum dentatum
  • Mohican Viburnum - Viburnum l. 'Mohican'
  • Nannyberry - Viburnum lentago
  • American Cranberrybush - Viburnum trilobum
  • Compact American Cranberrybush - Viburnum t. 'Compactum'
  • Common Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana