12 Annuals that Do Well in Full Shade

Here's our highly informative list and photo gallery of annuals that like plenty of shade. We include plenty of key information for flower in the list.

When we set out to put together our gallery of annual flowers that like full shade, I thought there would be more than there is.

The fact of the matter, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise, most flowers need some sun.  On the flip side, full sun annuals are a surprising breed because flowers are delicate and full sun is a lot to tolerate.

Of course, don’t confuse a flower’s ability to thrive in full shade as necessarily wanting plenty of water or needing no water.  Same thing with annuals that like full sun; chances are they need a lot of water.

Below is our list of annuals that like full shade.  These are great flowers for those areas in your yard that never gets any sun such as under overhangs or those corners where the sun never reaches.  For each listing we provide some key information about the flower an in many cases a how-to video as well.

Finally, there are some types of annuals and perennials where various strains have different tolerance levels for sun.  Accordingly, you may see the same flower name in several of our flower galleries.

Enjoy

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Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)

Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)
Video:
Common Name:
Angel Wings
Scientific Name:
Caladium bicolor
Sub Type:
Houseplant
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Water:
Moderate
Soil PH:
5.6 to 6.5
Flower Color:
pink
Special Characteristics:
Container, Easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 10
Height At Maturity:
12" to 24"

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)
Video:
Common Name:
New guinea impatiens
Scientific Name:
Impatiens Hawker
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Partial Shade
Water:
Medium mosture
Soil PH:
5.5 to 6.5
Flower Color:
orange, red, pink, white, purple and lavender
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 12
Height At Maturity:
18" to 48"

Coleus (Plectranthus Scutellarioides)

Coleus (Plectranthus Scutellarioides)
Video:
Common Name:
coleus
Scientific Name:
Plectranthus scutellarioides
Sub Type:
Houseplant
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1 to 7.8
Flower Color:
Light Blue White. White, Inconspicuous/none
Special Characteristics:
easy to grow, container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 - 11
Height At Maturity:
6" to 36"

Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)

Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)
Video:
Common Name:
Fuchsia
Scientific Name:
Fuchsia magellanica
Sub Type:
evergreen
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full shade, Partial shade
Water:
Average
Soil PH:
5.6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Fuchsia, Purple, white
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 9
Height At Maturity:
4' - 10'

Tuberous Begonia (Begonia Tuberhybrida)

Tuberous Begonia (Begonia Tuberhybrida)
Video:
Common Name:
Tuberous Begonia
Scientific Name:
Begonia Tuberhybrida
Sub Type:
Houseplant
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.5-5.8
Flower Color:
White, yellow, orange, pink, red
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12"-18"

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)
Video:
Common Name:
Wishbone Flower
Scientific Name:
Torenia fournieri
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Pale violet and dark purple bicolor
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6"-12"

Rex Begonia (Begonia rex cultorum)

Rex Begonia (Begonia rex cultorum)
Video:
Common Name:
Rex Begonia
Scientific Name:
Begonia rex cultorum
Sub Type:
Houseplant
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.7 to 6.2
Flower Color:
Flowers not showy
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12"-18"

Buzzy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)

Buzzy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)
Video:
Common Name:
Buzzy Lizzy
Scientific Name:
Impatiens walleriana
Sub Type:
Houseplant, Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1 - 7.5
Flower Color:
Pink, rose, red, lilac, purple, orange, white & bicolors
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6"-24"

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Video:
Common Name:
Polka Dot Plant
Scientific Name:
Hypoestes phyllostachya
Sub Type:
Houseplant
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.1 to 5.5
Flower Color:
Lilac
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12"-24"

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)
Video:
Common Name:
Swedish ivy
Scientific Name:
Plectranthus verticillatus
Sub Type:
Herb
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1 to 7.5
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
24" to 36"

Wishbone flower (Torenia Fournieri)

Wishbone flower (Torenia Fournieri)
Video:
Common Name:
Wishbone flower
Scientific Name:
Torenia Fournieri
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Partial Shade to full shade
Water:
Moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.0 to 6.5
Flower Color:
yellow, pink, purple, blue and white
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6" to 12"

Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)
Video:
Common Name:
Yellow wood sorrel
Scientific Name:
Oxalis stricta
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Partial Shade
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
4 to 5
Flower Color:
Yellow, white, pink, red, orange
Special Characteristics:
Deer resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 11
Height At Maturity:
0" to 12"

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