Re: shrubs for shade garden with winter interest
I’ve been very happy with variegated Osmanthus (Osmanthus “Goshiki”)– often referred to as False Holly — which is very beautiful, seems to be bullet-proof, works very well in the shade, and is also deer resistant. It’s slow, however, so buy the biggest shrub you can afford. I’ve had poor luck with Mahonia, incidentally. I’m in Zone 7.