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35 Annuals that Do Well in Shade (A to Z Photo Database)

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Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)

Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)
Common Name:
Angel Wings
Scientific Name:
Caladium bicolor
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Buzzy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)

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Common Name:
Buzzy Lizzy
Scientific Name:
Impatiens walleriana
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant, Groundcover

Coleus (Plectranthus Scutellarioides)

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Common Name:
coleus
Scientific Name:
Plectranthus scutellarioides
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)

Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)
Common Name:
Fuchsia
Scientific Name:
Fuchsia magellanica
Type:
Annual
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'
Sun:
Full shade, Partial shade
Sub Type:
evergreen

Golden corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

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Common Name:
Golden corydalis
Scientific Name:
Corydalis aure
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1-7.8
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Poisonous
Hardiness Zone(s):
5-9
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)
Common Name:
New guinea impatiens
Scientific Name:
Impatiens Hawker
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)
Common Name:
New guinea impatiens
Scientific Name:
Impatiens Hawker
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

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Common Name:
Polka Dot Plant
Scientific Name:
Hypoestes phyllostachya
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Rex Begonia (Begonia rex cultorum)

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Common Name:
Rex Begonia
Scientific Name:
Begonia rex cultorum
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

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Common Name:
Swedish ivy
Scientific Name:
Plectranthus verticillatus
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Tuberous Begonia (Begonia Tuberhybrida)

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Common Name:
Tuberous Begonia
Scientific Name:
Begonia Tuberhybrida
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Wishbone flower (Torenia Fournieri)

Wishbone flower (Torenia Fournieri)
Common Name:
Wishbone flower
Scientific Name:
Torenia Fournieri
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Partial Shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)
Common Name:
Wishbone Flower
Scientific Name:
Torenia fournieri
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

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Common Name:
Yellow wood sorrel
Scientific Name:
Oxalis stricta
Type:
Annual
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"
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

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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