Shrubs and bushes can provide structure and brighten shaded areas with their colorful foliage and flowers. Many shrubs don't like direct afternoon sun and perform best in partial to full shade. Some of the best shrubs for shade are dwarf burning bush, azaleas, hydrangeas, gardenias and Daphnes. Like other shrubs, these can be used as accent plants, massed together or grouped to form a hedge. When selecting shrubs for planting in the garden or landscape, make sure they are suitable for your grow zone. Also, check their soil requirements, mature height and spread, other growing requirements, flower and foliage color, and bloom time (if applicable).