Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana' is a dwarf version of this deciduous shrub and suitable for creating low hedges. It has an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. It likes to be grown in full sun or partial shade where it will make 0.5-1m in height and spread.
One of the most common types of shade hedges is the boxwood. These shade hedges can be grown in areas of full sun to full shade, and are widely adaptable to different soil types. The dense foliage of these shade hedges gives the impression of a continuous surface, and will be present year round. These evergreen shade hedges are hardy in zones five through eight.