Shrubs for mostly shade...
I have compiled a list of shrubs that I think are shade tolerant that I can choose from to plant between my lawn and my neighbors house for privacy (to the right side of the included picture). I tried several plants there and they just won't grow without more sunlight (wrong plants I guess). The plants I listed are: Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire', Pieris ÂForest FlameÂ, Viburnum,
Mountain Laurel (kalmia latifolia), Rhododendron, Skimmia Japonica, Aucuba japonica, Leucothoe and Hinoki "False" Cypress.
Also, I'm getting on in age and I don't want to have to wait 10-15 years to see these plants mature to around 4-5' to a nice natural privacy blocker from my neighbor.
Coupled with that is the fact that I have snakes around the area in the summer and I don't want shrubs that will lay on the ground and hide those belly-sliders ... like to have them where I can prune them up off the ground and still look nice. That whole strip on the right side had been mulched with cedar chips, and I'll add more in a few weeks. Give your thoughts, please.