Bushes for Partial Sun

Consider your soil type in to thought too when choosing bushes to get a partly sunny area. Some bushes can grow in clay, sandy or loam soils while the others only prosper in loam. Additional aspects to consider are your Sunset Climate Zone, whether or not it requires a pollinator and the height and habits of the bush, if it generates fresh fruit. Choose a bush that can thrive with all the features you want.

Camellia Japonica

Camellia, or Camellia japonica, is a bush that grows in sunlight in 4 and Sunset Climate Zones H-1 through 2-4. They create semi-double type flowers that will be up to 5″ in diameter from late-winter to -spring. There are cultivars that remain shorter although the species grows gradually to 20-feet tall. Elegans Splendor grows to 10-feet tall and blooms in pink that is light while Professor Sargent has deep red flowers and ultimately reaches 10 to 15 feet tall. Daikagura Variegated grows to between 8 and 15 feet tall with bi-colored white flowers and red. Camellias prefer soil.


Hibiscus syriacus or Rose-of- H and Sharon. Cotton or mutabilis -rose increase through 2-4 in 2 and Sunset Climate Zones H-1. H. rosa-sinensis or tropical hibiscus grows in zones H1, H2, 9, 12 through 16 and 19 through 24. All of them thrive in partial sunlight. Rose-of- Cotton and Sharon -rose bloom in fall and summer, creating aromatic red, purple, pink or white flowers. The Rose-of- most cultivars create single and Sharon species – increase to 12-feet tall and type flowers but the Lucy cultivar creates double-type pink flowers that are dark. H. syriacus “Diana” is a white-flowered cultivar that grows to 8-feet tall. Cotton-rosebushes create single-type flowers both in one or clusters per stem. They’re white at first then change to shades of blue and pink -lavender. Tropical bloom year round, creating single- double or type -type flowers. H. syriacus and H. Mutabilis shrubs thrive in sandy soil, loam or clay. H. Rosa-sinensis grows well in sandy soil or loam.


Ilex species, generally called bushes, prosper in sandy soil or loam and increase in partial sunlight. I. cornuta “Burfordii” or Burford holly grows to between 8 and 20-feet tall in Sunset Climate Zones 4 through 2-4. I. vomitoria “Carolina Ruby” grows to 4-feet tall in zones H1, H 2 and 4 through 24, tolerates drought and salt and can grow in clay soil. Hollies create tiny white flowers in early summer or the spring followed by red berries that birds consume. Burfords and Carolina Ruby are dioecious, as are most hollies — which means there are male and female plants. A holly should be planted near feminine hollies for fresh fruit production.

Loropetalum chinense

Loropetalum chinense or fringe flower grows in partial sunlight in Sunset Climate Zones H1, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 14 through 24. They prosper in loamy s Oil but will increase in clay-loam or sandy-loam. Following the bush becomes established it’s drought-tolerant. All these are fast growing shrubs having a mature peak of 6 to 10-feet. They bloom from late-winter before the finish of spring with r e-bloom through the entire summer. The species crops generate clusters of white flowers that resemble fringe however there are hybrids that bloom in red or pink. L. chinense var. Rubrum blooms in pink that is dark. Its Blush cultivar h-AS burgundy- leaves when they first arise and blooms in burgundy-pink. Actually Red or the Chang Nian Hong blooms in vibrant cherry-red and h-AS burgundy to dusky dark-green foliage.

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