Prostrate Plum Yew. One of my all time favorite shrubs for shade, this genus is incredibly versatile. One of its best traits is that it is deer-resistant. Additionally, no other pest problems are found either. It is one of those shrubs that can be used with great abandon throughout the garden and never be out of place, with its soft, lax, fern-like branches. We have found that it performs best in full shade to part sun. I have seen it growing in full sun, but it seems to be out of its element.