There are a variety of shrubs that are excellent for planting and growing in shade zone 7, including sweet shrubs, hydrangeas, needlepalm and rhododendrons. These shrubs prefer moist, well-drained soils, but actually enjoy living in shaded areas.
Flowering shrubs add function and beauty to a landscape. Annuals complete their life cycle within one growing season and then need to be replanted, while perennial shrubs continue to grow for many years. Some perennial shrubs may die off during the colder months, but can then be put back out in the spring. Other shrubs for zone 7 include camellia, Andromeda, Virginia sweetspire and kerria.