16 Annuals that Do Well in Partial Shade (Some Sun)

Here's our list of amazing annuals that like some shade and some sun throughout the day. Each flower includes its zone, water requirements and a lot more info.

Annual flower that likes some sun and some shade.

If you’re looking for annuals that do well in locations that get some sun and are partly shady throughout the day, you’re in the right spot.

This is our main gallery in which these are the flowers we feature.

TIP: It’s important you actually know whether a particular spot is partly shady before running out and buying a bunch of annuals (which can add up in price).  The key is to monitor a particular garden throughout the day.  If it gets a few hours of sun and is shady the rest of the time, that’s what you’re looking for.

For each flower listed below, we provide some key information about each so be sure to check it out.  We hope this list of annuals helps with your garden planning.

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Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)

Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)
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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)
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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'

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)
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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"

Tobacco plant (Nicotiana Sylvestris)

Tobacco plant (Nicotiana Sylvestris)
Video:
Common Name:
Tobacco Plant
Scientific Name:
Nicotiana Sylvestris
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Partial Shade
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
white, pink, purple and red
Special Characteristics:
Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s):
10-11
Height At Maturity:
3' to 5'

Petunia (Petunia)

Petunia (Petunia)
Video:
Common Name:
Petunia
Scientific Name:
Petunia
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water:
Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
red, white, bicoloured, yellow, purple
Special Characteristics:
Fragrant, Attracts birds, hummingbirds and butterflies, Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12" to 18"

Bush violet (Browallia speciosa)

Bush violet (Browallia speciosa)
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Common Name:
Bush Violet
Scientific Name:
Browallia speciosa
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture, Tolerates Wet Soil
Soil PH:
5.5 to 7
Flower Color:
Purple-blue with white center
Special Characteristics:
Container, Attracts hummingbirds
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 10
Height At Maturity:
12" to 24"

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"

Garden balsam (Impatiens balsamina)

Garden balsam (Impatiens balsamina)
Video:
Common Name:
Garden balsam
Scientific Name:
Impatiens balsamina
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annuals
Sun:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture, Tolerates Drought
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
white, red, orange, yellow, violet, and pink
Special Characteristics:
Container, Attracts birds and butterflies
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6" to 30"

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"

Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana)

Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana)
Common Name:
Flower Tobacco
Scientific Name:
Nicotiana
Sub Type:
Ground cover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Partial Shade
Water:
Medium moisture
Soil PH:
5.0 to 5.5
Flower Color:
Yellow-green to white, pink and red
Special Characteristics:
Fragrant, Attracts birds and butterflies
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
3' to 5'

Forget me not (Myosotis Sylvatica)

Forget me not (Myosotis Sylvatica)
Common Name:
forget me not
Scientific Name:
Myosotis Sylvatica ‘victoria blue’
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Partial Shade
Water:
Medium, tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6.0 to 7.0
Flower Color:
Blue with yellow eye
Special Characteristics:
Attracts Butterflies, Deer resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6" to 9"

Blue floss (Ageratum houstonianum)

Blue floss (Ageratum houstonianum)
Common Name:
Blue Floss
Scientific Name:
Ageratum houstonianum
Sub Type:
Groundcover
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full sun, Partial Shade
Water:
Medium Moisture
Soil PH:
4.5 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Blue, Pink, White
Special Characteristics:
Deer resistant, Attracts Birds and Butterflies, easy-to-grow, Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 22
Height At Maturity:
24" to 48"

Love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)

Love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)
Video:
Common Name:
love lies bleeding
Scientific Name:
amaranthus caudatus
Sub Type:
Houseplant, Attracts birds
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Full Sun- Partial Shade
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.5 to 7
Flower Color:
Red, Yellow Green, Dark Red
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 11
Height At Maturity:
4' to 8'

Godetia (Clarkia amoena)

Godetia (Clarkia amoena)
Video:
Common Name:
Godetia
Scientific Name:
Clarkia amoena
Type:
Annual
Sun:
Plenty of sun and partial shade.
Flower Color:
Pink and White
Special Characteristics:
Easy to grow / Good for cut flowers / Attracts butterflies and birds / Fast growing
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 through 11
Height At Maturity:
24" to 48"

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